Top court says chronic pain is legit

Staff suffering from chronic pain entitled to WCB
By Jeffrey Miller
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Background

Generally, governments design workers’ compensation plans to compensate employees for a workplace-related injury and to help them return to productivity as soon as possible without compromising their long-term fitness. The plans are meant as forms of income replacement, but only so long as employees are genuinely incapacitated by injuries related to their jobs.

In the past some legislators have felt government compensation schemes suffered widespread abuse. Malingerers exploited the system, critics believed, using the benefits as a form of paid holiday or early retirement.