An Employer’s Confirmation Form (OCF-2) is, as the name states, filled out by the employer to confirm the insured’s work history. It provides employment dates, basic income details, and information on the potential availability of other income replacement assistance (collaterals). All of this information would be used in the calculation of the Income Replacement Benefit (IRB).
It is, however, grossly deficient in outlining the information required from an employer in light of arbitration decisions over the years. Part of this is likely due to the OCF-2 having not been updated since 2004.
Deficiencies with the Form
Right off the bat, we can see this form presents a few issues as it pertains to relying on this information to calculate an IRB.
Employment Insurance (EI) benefits are explicitly included as a component of gross employment income per the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS). Subsection 4(1) defines Gross Employment Income as “salary, wages and other remuneration from employment, including fees and other remuneration for holding office, and any benefits received under the Employment Insurance Act (Canada)…”
So, why the need for a blog post?
EI benefits can be more than just a component of an individual’s pre-accident income, they can also be the basis of their eligibility for an Income Replacement Benefit (IRB).
The Many Roles of EI Benefits
Eligibility is the first question that must be addressed when starting to calculate an IRB. EI benefits are important in determining an insured’s eligibility if they are unemployed at the time of the motor vehicle accident. If an insured is receiving EI benefits at the time of the accident, they qualify for an IRB, as per s. 5(1)1.ii of the SABS. Continue reading
Summary: A new term for what was previously called collateral payments for loss of income under the prior legislation, OIRA appears to bring together s.7(1) and (2) of the Old SABS. The only significant change appears to be the addition of “gross”…but does that have an impact?
The New SABS (O. Reg. 34/10) introduces us to “Other Income Replacement Assistance” (s 4(1)). Commonly referred to as collateral benefits, the new definition highlights that OIRA:
- Relates to the current accident
- Is the amount of any gross weekly payment for loss of income that is being received, or that may be available to the person but is not being received as an application has not been made.
- The following are excluded benefits: the Employment Insurance Act (Canada), payments under a sick leave plan that is available to the person but is not being received, and certain payments under a workers’ compensation law or plan that is not being received by the person
The content of this definition, appears to bring together subsection 7(1) and (2) of the Old SABS. As a result, the only significant portion of this change appears to be that “net weekly payments for loss of income” has become “gross weekly payment for loss of income”.
If received, CPP disability benefits are deductible as other income replacement assistance in calculating the IRB payable. But it is important to understand the interplay with other benefits, and other components of CPP disability benefits that shouldn’t be considered.
This discussion must start with qualifying for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits. An insured may qualify to receive CPP disability benefits if they:
- are under 65 years of age;
- meet the CPP contribution requirements; and,
- have a severe and prolonged disability.
That said, the insured must be approved by a Service Canada medical adjudicator, which takes approximately four months, and the decision is based on a number of requirements. This just means there is no certainty when or if benefits will be received.