New Brunswick Labour Minister announces today that the government is planning a comprehensive review of the workers’ compensation system to ensure injured workers are properly compensated and employers can afford the premiums. This follows weeks of public criticism by injured workers and labour leaders that too many workers are having their claim denied. As evidence, they point out that of the 800 cases heard each year by the independent appeals tribunal, 90 per cent are decided in favour of the injured worker. Family doctors and specialists have added their voice to the protests, frustrated at the Board ignoring their medical advices and denying claims for medical services.
Not the independent public inquiry many had called for, the review will be led by the Deputy Minister of Labour and WorkSafeNB President/CEO with legislative changes to be introduced in Spring 2014..
- Burchell, Greg. Injured workers calling for public inquiry into WorkSafeNB (Canadian OH&S News, Mar. 25, 2013) [read here]
- WorkSafeNB tribunal “scapegoated,” says appeals chair (CBC News Mar.8, 2013) [read here]
- WorkSafeNB ‘mental health hazard,’ say injured workers (CBC News Mar. 7, 2013) [read here]
- Doctor calls WorkSafeNB practices a ‘human rights’ issue (CBC News Feb. 26, 2013) [read here]