LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
March 31, 2019
Dec. 7: In its report on eliminating barriers to interprovincial trade, the government indicated that Nova Scotia will harmonize its OHS regulations in 2019 in accordance with national standards. Provisions affected: first aid kit contents, eye, face, foot and hearing protection and personal flotation devices.
Jan. 11: That’s the deadline to comment on WCB revisions to Policy 1.3.9 implementing the new workers’ comp presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is work-related when suffered by frontline and emergency response workers.
Dec. 21: The government approved new regulations expanding the kinds of roads that B-trains, i.e., two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel—are allowed to use. Effective date: some time this fall.
Jan. 1: Service improvements and changes taking effect in 2019:
- Digital WCB clearance
- Payment by cash and post-dated cheque no longer accepted
- Special Protection coverage to continue automatically as long as full payments are made with no need to re-apply each year.
Jan. 1: The average assessment rate remains at $2.65 per $100 of payroll for the 15th year in a row:
- Employers with same or decreased rate: 56%
- Employers with increased rate: 44%
- Employers paying a surcharge for claims costs significantly higher than their industry peers: 96 (0.47% of all employers).
Dec. 18: New mining regulations designed to cut red tape for exploration take effect:
- Exploration licences extended from 1 to 2 years
- Reclamation plan must be updated every 3 years
- Security review required every 3 years
- Elimination of special licences and leases.
Dec. 11: Proposed regulatory changes designed to ease environmental assessment for small oil refineries:
- Threshold for required Class II assessment (which typically take 275 days to complete) increased from 15,000 to over 200,000 litres per day
- Refineries producing between 15,000 and 200,000 litres need only undergo Class I assessment (typically requiring 50 days)
- Clarification that facilities producing fuel from wood count as refineries subject to assessment rules