Testing positive for COVID-19 is stressful and challenging but as a union member, you are not alone.
We can help you manage the difficulties of a positive diagnosis, from assisting you in informing your employer to navigating the compensation and benefits system.
That is why your union is asking members, who test positive for COVID-19, to contact our Health and Safety department immediately. Health and Safety Representative Rick Young will help inform you of your rights and the resources available to you.
If you believe that you contracted COVID-19 at work and have tested positive, inform your employer about your diagnosis and any medical treatment you received. You may file a claim to determine if you are eligible for WSIB coverage.
It’s important to remember your employer is not a medical professional and cannot determine whether or not a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is due to a workplace exposure. It is against the law for your employer to discourage or stop you from reporting a workplace injury or illness to the WSIB.
If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 at work but have not tested positive or have any symptoms, you can file a WSIB exposure incident report. Reporting your exposure is voluntary, but if you become ill in the future, WSIB will be able to process your claim faster.
WSIB considers many factors in determining if a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is work-related or if work played a contributing factor. As such, it’s vital keep detailed notes of your experiences both before and after learning of a positive diagnosis.
As COVID-19 continues to affect workers across Ontario, it’s important to remain vigilant by wearing a mask, socially distancing and following the safety protocols at your workplace.
Your union is always here to help you.