LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nov. 26: Comments ended on proposed new criteria for coverage of repetitive strain injuries under WCB Policy POL-91:
- Must be ample evidence of significant RSI risk factors related to work activities
- Medical information must support finding of RSI
- RSI must be work-related.
Nov. 20: Highlights of workers’ comp changes under Bill 40 which passed Third Reading:
- Workers’ comp coverage for volunteer firefighters
- New presumption that heart injuries suffered by fire inspectors or firefighters within 24 hours of responding to an emergency is work-related
- List of other diseases presumed work-related for fire inspectors or firefighters.
Nov. 5: The 2019 average assessment will be $1.58 per $100 payroll, 2¢ below last year’s rate. Calculated strictly on the basis of actual costs, the average would be $1.66 but because of the system’s strong financial position, the WCB was able to apply an 8¢ downward adjustment. In addition to lower rates, the WCB will distribute a share of the surplus to eligible employers during November.
Nov. 27: Proposed Environmental Protection Act amendments call for regulations formalizing the province’s environmental assessment process. Although environmental assessment is required, PEI is the only province in which the EA process is governed by guidelines rather than formal regulations.