The government passed The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2012, which amends existing workers’ comp laws. The changes, which are expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2014:
- Increase the maximum wage rate to $59,000
- Index the maximum wage rate for current and future claimants to ensure benefits are consistent with inflation
- Introduces administrative penalties up to $10,000 for employers who violate their duties under the act
- Ensure employers assist with a worker’s return to work program.