The Provincial Government must appoint a committee to complete a review of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act (Act) every five years. The Provincial Government appointed a Statutory Review Committee (Committee) representing key stakeholders to complete this review (http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/servicenl/0116n03.htm) and directed a two phase approach to the review. The first phase involved a comprehensive examination of the Act to identify areas for improvement and modernization. In the second phase the Committee completed consultations to consider the broader workers’ compensation system, focusing on the areas of: maximum compensable assessable earnings (claim benefit ceiling); labour market re-entry; medical management; the role of stakeholders in prevention; occupational disease; and financial sustainability.
Fifteen public consultations were held in 13 communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/servicenl/1212n03.htm). These consultations were guided by a discussion document which can be accessed on the Service NL website at (http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/consultation/pdf/src_discussion_paper.pdf) and resulted in 65 written and/or verbal submissions to the Committee.
On January 17, 2014 the Minister of Service NL, who is also responsible for the workers’ compensation system in the province, recieved the final report of the Statutory Review Committee. (http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/servicenl/0117n01.htm)
The report titled, “Working Together: Safe, Accountable, Sustainable” is available as follows:
The period for formal feedback on the report has ended. All submissions will be considered as the Provincial Government proceeds with an analysis of the recommendations and develops its response to the report.