ITF Association

Effecting positive change in Workers’ Compensation through the views of Alberta employers

ITF (Industry Task Force) Association 

Effecting positive change in Workers’ Compensation through the views of Alberta employers

2020 Priorities

Priorities of the ITF Association are set annually by the membership in November of each year.  In addition to specific actionable items, the list also includes items the ITF Association monitors through regular review of statistical and other information as well as initiatives that support member development. 

  

Tier 1 – Actionable Priorities 

  1. Participation in review of WCB Legislation, policies and procedures; proactively identify issues for review
  2. Review quality of service impacts, costs and implications of legislative, policy and operational changes, as well as consistency and appropriateness of claim decisions
  3. Psychological Injuries – collaborate with WCB to revisit WCB policy, procedures, processes and practices
  4. Physician Accountability – review incidence and impact of physician triggered claims; review impact of move to electronic reporting & fee schedule
  5. Invitation of guests to ITF Association meetings (WCB Board of Directors Chair & members, Commissioners (Appeals Commission, Fair Practices Office & Medical Panel Office)
  6. Engagement with government through attendance at meetings and in other forums
  7. WCB Funding Policy and surplus distribution
  8. Cost Relief – review appropriateness of the 8-week trigger for back claims and impact of pre-existing psychological conditions
  9. Termination of employment while on modified work and OTR obligation – pursue repeal
  10. Explore opportunities for raising awareness among Alberta employers regarding WCB account/case management and cost containment strategies; reduce the financial impact of ELP’s
  11. Recruitment of new members

  

Tier 2 – Monitoring Priorities 

  1. Cost Relief - fair & consistent application
  2. WCB Data integrity – reliability and usefulness of stats for OH&S reporting and WCB audit processes
  3. Workplace Health & Safety funding and budget; changes to other levies
  4. Appeals Commission statistics, procedures and processes
  5. Fair Practices Office statistics, procedures and processes; level of employer awareness
  6. Occupational Diseases – ODIAC activities and expansion of criteria and/or presumption
  7. WCB Strategic Business plan & Strategy Map results
  8. Effectiveness of the Policy Consultation Advisory Group
  1. Physician Engagement – medical reporting quality & timelines, training and education in RTW process
  2. Opportunities for engagement with the WCB Labor Coalition
  3. Opportunities for consideration of a 1 to 3 day grace period for LTC reporting and legislative change re: Personal Coverage for Directors of Corporations

  

Tier 3 – Member Education

 

  1. Facilitate sharing of expertise among ITF Association members
  2. Incorporation of educational opportunities and resources in the Members only Website