June 1: OHS and Workers’ Comp Changes Took Effect
In July 2013, the government announced changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and the OHS Act, which just took effect on June 1, 2014. The amended sections of the WC Act clarify and modernize employer and worker obligations to report injuries and establish clearer limitation periods for claim applications. The amended sections of the OHS Act:
- Enhance the existing requirement for health and safety policies for certain workplaces
- Introduce a new requirement for certain workplaces to establish an OHS program
- Clarify orientation and training requirements for new employees
- Clarify and modernize the requirement to report accidents and incidents.