The government proposed changes designed to improve workers’ comp claims processing times for injured workers through amendments to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Act. The changes will:
- Create an external workers’ comp appeals tribunal separate and independent in its operations from WorkSafeNB
- Establish a chairperson of the appeals tribunal who’ll report directly to the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
- Ensure that decisions be issued by the tribunal within 90 days and implemented by WorkSafeNB within 30 days from the final hearing
- Establish an internal fair dispute resolution process within WorkSafeNB.