Amendments to Workers Compensation Act come into effect in Manitoba
January 5 2006 - Amendments intended to improve benefits, increase prevention, and strengthen accountability and governance measures came into effect January 1 2006.
Labour and Immigration Minister, Nancy Allan said:
"We undertook the long-overdue modernization of the Workers Compensation Act with the support and input of Manitoba's workers and employers. The finished product provides a framework for improved benefits, increased prevention strategies and enhanced firefighter protection as well as a greater level of accountability."
During the process of ameding the Act, the Workers Compensation Act Review Committee held public hearings across Manitoba and received over 200 submissions from a wide range of stakeholders.
The Workers Compensation Amendment Act was introduced in April 2005 with support from all three parties in the provincial legislature. The amendments now in effect include:
The amendments expanding the list of presumptive diseases for firefighters and extend this coverage to include volunteer and part-time firefighters came into force on royal assent and are already fully implemented.
"The valuable input of all stakeholders has allowed the government to introduce modern, responsive and effective legislation that supports our overall strategy to improve workplace health and safety," said Nancy Allan. "The legislation will bring Manitoba back into the mainstream of Canadian law."
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