A statutory review of Newfoundland and Labrador’s workers’ compensation system is now underway, with the consultations process open to workers, employers, key stakeholder organizations and the general public. The review provides a valuable opportunity to focus attention on workers’ compensation matters, with the objective of improving the overall system for both workers and employers.
The review process is essential to maintaining a strong workers’ compensation system. The scope of work for the 2019 statutory review aligns with the following themes: efficiencies in the review process; equity in the provision of benefits; and financial sustainability. Submissions are also welcome on any topic related to the workers’ compensation system.
In recent years, several significant changes have been made to improve the workers’ compensation system, including presumptive cancer coverage for firefighters and presumptive coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder; the creation of a new joint Injury Prevention Strategy and a new retirement benefit; as well as an increase to the Income Replacement Rate for injured workers.
Committee representatives will meet with key stakeholder groups and hold consultation sessions across the Province to gather their feedback. A discussion document can be viewed online at www.EngageNL.ca. Anyone wishing to share feedback via email can do so at email@example.com.
Participants can also send feedback by regular mail to:
2019 Statutory Review Committee – Workers’ Compensation System
c/o Sharmane Allen
Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
P.O. Box 8700, 4th Floor, West Block, Confederation Building
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Please note the deadline for online and mail-in submissions is April 30, 2020.
“The review provides a valuable opportunity for stakeholders and residents of the province to provide feedback on workers’ compensation matters. It is essential that we continue to maintain a strong workers’ compensation system, and the consultations process provides us with viewpoints and input from a variety of sources.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
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