LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nov. 20: The WCB still hasn’t published the 2018 premium assessments; but it did cut the travel allowance for workers’ comp appeals to 34¢ per kilometer (under Policy 21.10.40). The meal allowance remains $52.80 per day.
Drugs & Alcohol
Nov. 7: Manitoba’s newly proposed cannabis legalization plan calls for a hybrid public- and private sector retail and distribution system. Although the province adopted Bill 25 (aka, The Cannabis Harm Prevention Act) imposing tough new penalties for cannabis-impaired driving and banning use of cannabis in enclosed public places, it has yet to clarify the ground rules for smoking and vaping legal cannabis at work.
Oct. 30: Key tactics in SAFE Work Manitoba’s new 5-year plan for preventing occupational illnesses:
- Monitor worker exposure to physical and chemical hazards
- Use monitoring data to determine safe exposure levels
- Educate and build awareness of occupational illness and prevention
- Partner with private industry on prevention initiatives.
Dec. 31: That’s the informal deadline for the Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health conducting legislatively mandated 5-year review of the OHS laws to issue its recommendations. We’ll keep you apprised.
Dec. 22: That’s the deadline to comment on the proposed Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan establishing carbon pricing at $25 per tonne, half the amount mandated by Ottawa. The 5-year pricing program would start in 2018 and make Manitoba’s carbon prices the second lowest in Canada by 2022. It’s also expected to cut cumulative emissions by over 80,000 tonnes over the next 5 years.