N.L. holding public consultations on workers’ compensation system

Themes include financial sustainability, labour market re-entry

Consultations will be held in 13 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a statutory review of the province’s workplace health, safety and compensation system — as required every five years under the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act.

A number of themes will be discussed and interested groups are encouraged to prepare submissions and presentations based on these themes or any other matters they feel should be considered, according to Nick McGrath, minister of service NL and minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC).

“We are looking forward to having a strong representation of individuals and groups participating in these public sessions and providing their thoughts on how we can improve the workers’ compensation system in this province.”

The key themes include:

• maximum compensable assessable earnings (MCAE) (claim benefit ceiling)

• financial sustainability

• labour market re-entry (LMR)

• medical management

• occupational disease

• prevention — role of stakeholders.

To help guide participation in the consultation process, the Statutory Review Committee has developed a discussion paper which can be found at discussion paper.

The consultations will take place from Feb. 27 to April 3 in a variety of locations including Springdale, Gander, Labrador City and St. John’s. For more information, visit www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/Consultation/index.html.

People interested in participating can call the Statutory Review Committee office at (709) 778-4804 or email [email protected]. The date for written submissions is April 3, 2013.

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