LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nov.: Saskatchewan handed out its 2 biggest OHS fines of the year this month:
|$490K||Agrium Inc.||Potash mine worker seriously injured after getting hit in the stomach by a conveyor belt cable that wasn’t secured||Failure to furnish and maintain safe plant systems and working environment|
|$100K||Associated Mining Construction, Inc.||Worker suffers serious injuries after a structure tips over and conks him in the head||Failure to ensure workers are informed of associated risks and trained in safe use of machines|
Nov. 5: Sask. became the first province to table legislation allowing the police to disclose a person’s violent or abusive history to intimate partners who may be in danger. While applauded by law enforcement, Bill 141, aka “Clare’s Law” in honour of Clare Wood, a UK woman murdered by her partner with a hidden violent past, is highly objectionable to advocates of personal privacy.
Oct. 17: The WCB is asking employers to list the following notation on the medical restrictions form they ask workers to have their doctors fill out during the return-to-work process, aka, functional abilities assessment or statement of medical restrictions form, among other common form names:
If this form is being used for a work injury at the initial visit, please bill WCB code 640.
Workers’ Compensation Rates
Nov. 30: The preliminary average rate for 2019 is $1.17 per $100 assessable payroll, 2¢ less than last year. But 57.5% of employers will actually pay more next year with only 42.5% getting a cut or the same rates. The 2019 rates complete the transition to the enhanced rate model first implemented in 2018.
Nov. 27: Third Reading for Bill 132, aka, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, to implement the province’s so called “Prairie Resilience” climate change plan. Key changes:
- GHG emissions reductions based on emissions intensity and in comparison to an established baseline
- Establishment of new Climate Change Advisory Council
- Creation of provincial technology fund
- Recognition of both performance and offset credits.