This policy establishes criteria for disclosure of claim file information to employers prior to a formal reconsideration or appeal, and access to claim file documents for purposes of reconsideration or appeal.
The WCB recognizes that employers play an active role in the WCB programs and appeal processes. Often personal information about workers is required in order to participate meaningfully in the rehabilitation of an injured worker. However, before a formal appeal process has been commenced, restrictions are placed on the disclosure of personal information by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and The Personal Health Information Act. The WCB must ensure that there is a very good reason before an individual's personal information is disclosed, and that only the minimum amount of information necessary to achieve the purpose is disclosed.