Workers Compensation Act expands mental stress coverage

NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release, Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government

 

VICTORIA – Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act were introduced today in the legislature by the Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government. The proposed changes ensure the current workers’ compensation system remains responsive to the needs of workers and employers.

 

Specifically, the amendments:

 

– Broaden compensation coverage for mental stress conditions arising in the workplace.

– Adjust compensation for injured apprentices to a level that fairly represents their loss of earnings.

– Grant survivor benefits to common law couples without children after two years of cohabitation (previously three years).

– Confirm the most recent inflation adjustments for compensation and penalty amounts.

 

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