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  • Changes Announced to Workers’ Compensation

    Changes coming to Workers’ Compensation will mean greater income for those collecting benefits.

    The amendments were announced this morning.

    The income replacement rate for injured workers or their dependents will increase from 80 to 85 of a personal’s net earnings, while the gross income will be capped at $64,375 dollars.

    Workers groups urge caution

    Employers says governments need to be very cautious about their approach to worker’s compensation during hard economic times.

    Executive Director of the Employers’ Council, Richard Alexander says benefit levels in this province were among the highest in the country and remain the highest in Atlantic Canada.

    He says it will make the system more expensive and they’ve fought to bring that system “under control” over the last few years.

     

    Labour applauds changes

    NAPE President Jerry Earle says today’s announcement will make it easier for injured workers to get by.

    He says it’s hard enough dealing with an injury that leaves you unable to work, the added burden is created when you don’t have enough money to get by. This, he says will make the road to recovery easier for many injured workers.

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