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Minister Releases Workers Compensation Review Report for Public Comment
Friday, February 14, 2014


Responsible Decisions for Workers and Employers Support A Vibrant Economy  

The Provincial Government has released the review into the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation system, Working Together – Safe, Accountable, Sustainable. The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Statutory Review Committee provided the report to the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Service NL and Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, in January following last year’s extensive public consultation process.

“The statutory review is an important component of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation system as it brings together the views of the province's workers, employers and other interested parties to identify potential improvements to the system. There are in total 42 policy recommendations from the review committee and an additional 90 recommendations related to the comprehensive review of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act. These recommendations affect workers and employers so it is important that we provide members of the public with an opportunity to respond to these recommendations.”
- The Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Service NL and Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission  

The Working Together – Safe, Accountable, Sustainable report is available on the Labour Relations Agency website at http://www.gov.nl.ca/lra/workingtogether. Printed copies will be sent to all participants of the public consultation process. Members of the public may call 709-729-7458 or toll-free 1-877-563-1063 to request a printed copy. Written responses to the report will be accepted up to March 14, 2014. These can be emailed to workingtogether@gov.nl.caor mailed to:

Labour Relations Agency
Attn: Working Together
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s NL A1B 4J6  

Written submissions will be considered as the Provincial Government proceeds with an analysis of the recommendations. These submissions and analysis will form the basis of the Provincial Government’s action plan to respond to the recommendations of the report. 

“Today, the workers’ compensation system in this province is fundamentally stronger than at any point in the last decade with general satisfaction with the system steadily increasing and 97 per cent of all claims submitted to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, with the proper information, being accepted. We want the system to continue in this direction and we believe that working together with our stakeholders and the public we can continue to develop a system that is safe, accountable and sustainable.
- Minister Crummell 

Through sound fiscal management and responsible decisions, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is strengthening the business environment, encouraging the development of innovative industries and building a vibrant economy.  

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government has released the review into the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation system, Working Together – Safe, Accountable, Sustainable.  Copies of the report are available on the Labour Relations Agency website at http://www.gov.nl.ca/lra/workingtogether.
  • The report is a result of extensive consultations held in 13 communities across Newfoundland and Labrador from February to April 2013.
  • Written submissions will be accepted until March 14.  These comments will be considered in the in-depth analysis the Provincial Government will undertake into the recommendations. These can be emailed to workingtogether@gov.nl.ca or mailed to the Labour Relations Agency.
  • Members of the public may call 709-729-7458 or toll-free 1-877-563-1063 to request a printed copy.
  • There are in total 42 recommendations from the review committee and an additional 90 recommendations related to the comprehensive review of the legislation, including a modernization of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act.  


 
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Media contact:
Vanessa Colman-Sadd
Director of Communications
Service NL
709-729-4860, 682-6593
vanessacolmansadd@gov.nl.ca  


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