On behalf of WorkSafeNB’s board of directors, I want to thank the Government of New Brunswick for enacting the legislative amendments introduced by Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour in Bills 26 and 27. These changes will enhance workplace safety, facilitate recovery for workers following a workplace injury, and continue to optimize our cost structure so that we are able to stabilize assessment rates for employers and consider benefit improvements for injured workers.
Highlights of the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, the Workers' Compensation (WC) Act, and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WHSCC & WCAT) Act include:
These legislative changes are a critical step in further promoting workplace health and safety across our province. Ensuring worker health and safety contributes to a healthy family life, a robust community and a stronger economy for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.
Resources to help employers and workers fully understand the new legislation and ensure compliance with the Acts will be available from WorkSafeNB early in 2020.