Workers’ comp. report too much info for disability claim

Employer gave insurer copies of workers' compensation reports
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/24/2011

An Alberta public employer disclosed too much of an employee’s personal information to its benefits provider as part of a benefits claim, the Office of the Alberta Privacy Commissioner has ruled.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) had its group disability benefits provided by Great-West Life Assurance Company. On Feb. 14, 2007, an AHS employee was injured at work. She filed a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits and also applied to Great-West Life for disability payments.

Over the next several months, AHS sent two faxes to Great-West Life, which had reports from the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) dealing with the employee’s claim. The reports contained information about the employee’s injury, treatment, recovery and prognosis. The employee felt these reports contained more of her information than was necessary and filed a privacy complaint.