Thursday, November 23, 2006

WSIB and Mandatory Retirement

As of December 12, 2006 Ontario workers will not longer be required to retire at the age of 65.

So what impact will this have on Workplace Safety and Insurance Law Benefits or Workers Compensation? Unfortunately none!

The Board is exempt from the changes to the Human Rights code so if you are working and are older that 65 you will only be entitled to a maximum of 2 years of loss time benefits. For more details check out the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's website at: . With an ever aging workforce this is entirely unfair and I would suggest unconstitutional. What is the difference if a 20 year old is injured or a 67 year old. Both are losing income. Both should be adequately compensated for their losses. People are working more and more later in life and surely they are entitled to equal coverage.

In this writer's opinion a constitutional challenge is awaiting these provisions.

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