WMA News Recap - Sep. 17, 2018

9/20/2018

Personal injury lawyers might be interested to know that a climate- change-related increase in extreme weather could cause a spike in traffic accidents. Driving becomes more dangerous in poor weather as drivers suffer a host of obstacles — and may not be aware of the risk of hydroplaning and following too closely, along with the necessity of slowing down gradually. 

What to do with an Employee with Sleep Apnea

9/20/2018

Having a full night’s rest is a lot more important than many people give it credit for. We recently covered the effects of sleep deprivation and how they can affect performance at work. But one specific sleeping disorder that you may want to give a closer look is sleep apnea.

The dangers of Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace

9/11/2018

Going without an hour of sleep here or there, workers can learn to just persevere. They may even take pride in it. The dedicated worker pulling an all-nighter, the hero pulling a double shift to cover an absence — foregoing sleep in favour of work is often celebrated and glorified.

WMA News Recap - Sep. 10, 2018

9/10/2018

New research has found a link between a prescription painkiller and a boosted risk of cardiovascular disorders. This research suggests that diclofenac, a widely available anti-inflammatory, should not be so freely available, and that usage be reduced.

A case in Newfoundland and Labrador involving the reinstatement of an employee fired after having failed a drug test is instructive to any industry where drug testing is vital. The Court of Appeal found that the reinstatement, in the absence of a link between the drug use and a specific incident, was reasonable.

A recent blog explores the effect of commerce law on claims adjusting. Many companies find themselves in the position where it’s easier to bring an American adjuster in than a Canadian across provincial boundaries, due to provincial trade barriers from industry regulations. With NAFTA’s future in question, this is an issue to be aware of.

WMA News Recap — Sep 3, 2018

9/6/2018

Mental health disability costs can rise higher than with physical disabilities. Given that, employers should play a proactive role in promoting good mental health among their employees. Pick up some tips here and employ them to help reduce absenteeism. 

Trucking in the Alberta Winter: Reduce Incidents with a Safety Refresher

9/4/2018

Alberta weather is unpredictable — but we all do know one thing: the days are getting shorter and colder. 50,000 lbs of semi is always a hazard, but when the snow falls, the risk rockets up.

WMA News Recap — August 27, 2018

8/29/2018

B.C.’s public insurer, the Insurance Corporation of B.C., is proposing major changes for the provinces auto insurance. Under these changes, the premiums paid would be more in line with driver risk, with higher-risk drivers paying more.

WEBINAR - November 8: Driver Addictions, Low Back Pain & Fatigue — A Roadmap for Best Practices in Disability Management

8/29/2018

Employee absenteeism costs the Canadian economy more than $17 billion per year. As the number one source of WCB disability claims in Alberta is the motor transport industry, chances are this affects you.

WMA News Recap — August 20, 2018

8/22/2018

Ontario changed its definition of catastrophic impairment two years ago, a move that affected how auto insurance claimants were able to claim around accidents following June 1, 2016. But companies are still dealing with claims dating from the old definition as claimants try to get the most out accidents occurring under the old rules.

Substance Addiction and Disability Insurance: Recovery can be Uncertain

8/22/2018

As with many mental disorders, addiction can be a hard thing to objectively verify. But we do know it can affect the brain. So, what’s a disability claims manager to do when faced with a claim related to substance addiction?

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