May 8: Amended Workers’ Comp Act Passed

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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.