COVID-19: What workers and employers need to know

WorkSafeNB strongly encourages all New Brunswick workplaces to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick related to offering essential services, self-isolation, travel, and avoiding workplaces if symptomatic. Together, we can flatten the curve.

Check this web page regularly for new information to help New Brunswick workers and employers.

Workplace health and safety, and the coronavirus

WorkSafeNB is working to support the direction of public agencies for slowing the progression of COVID-19 by helping workplaces to take appropriate preventative measures. To support this effort we've provided the following information about COVID-19 and the workplace:

 

Our commitment to service during COVID-19

WorkSafeNB is committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are actively monitoring the situation to determine how to best support workers and employers around the province while balancing the health and safety of our own employees and clients. Learn more. 

Workers' compensation 

Workers’ compensation is available for a work-related injury or illness and is not provided for workers who withdraw from work for preventive reasons.

Claims submitted for a COVID-19 virus infection contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. For a claim to be accepted, evidence must show that the infection arose out of and in the course of employment and the risk of contracting the disease through the employment is greater than the risk associated with contracting it through day-to-day living. Learn more about the application of benefits or how to complete a Form 67

See also: Policy 21-109 Conditions for Entitlement – Infectious Diseases 

Assessment rates

To do our part to help New Brunswick businesses, assessment premiums related to employer payrolls for February, March and April will be deferred for three months without interest charges. This affects employers who pay their premiums on a monthly basis.  It is not a permanent reduction in assessments payable, but a temporary postponement of payment. Learn more. 

Stay informed

The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly so it is important to stay up-to-date on information. For more on COVID-19, we recommend consulting the following web pages regularly:

Public Health – New Brunswick
Public Health – New Brunswick – Infographic (prepared by the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health and updated as the situation continues to evolve) 
Public Health Agency of Canada
Government of Canada – COVID-19 Awareness Resources
Government of New Brunswick – Potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses in New Brunswick 
Government of New Brunswick – COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses

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