Extended benefits for firefighters among proposed workers comp changes

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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/02/2005

Manitoba’s labour minister has tabled a bill that would extend workers’ compensation benefits for firefighters, eliminate benefit reductions for older workers and make the Workers Compensation Board, not the employer, shoulder the cost of transporting injured workers to the hospital.

The bill would also open the door for the government to expand coverage following consultation with stakeholders.

“About 30 per cent of Manitoba workers are currently not covered by workers compensation, one of the highest percentages in the country,” said Labour Minister Nancy Allan in a release. “The first priority will be workers in industries where it makes the most sense, such as outside window washers and those in medical testing laboratories.”