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Have your say: Yukon Government is reviewing the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act

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There is not a small business owner who wants to see an employee hurt on the job, and when an employee is injured, they want to ensure they are covered.  For this reason, employers pay into workers’ compensation boards (WCB).

But remember, the Yukon WCB system is funded solely by Yukon employers. Any changes made will likely have an impact on your business in terms of changes to premiums. For this, we encourage you to participate in their consultation.

Some of the main areas they are looking at are:

  • Appeals, compliance and enforcement.
  • Clarify some of the provisions concerning what a worker or a dependent of a deceased worker is entitled to following a work related injury.
  • Updating areas of the legislation aimed at injury prevention and reporting (such as refusal to work, minimum requirements for safety management systems for employers, etc).
  • Employer assessment issues (clarifying coverage limits when employers send workers outside the Yukon for work, how Yukon’s WCB can ensure that employers are not bearing the costs of other employers who default on the payment of their assessment premiums, etc).
  • Mental health issues (the challenges in determining if a psychological condition is an injury under the Workers' Compensation Act, ways of improving legislation to enhance fairness and reduce stigma of psychological conditions and injury, etc).

See their full list of items under review on their consultation website 

How to participate:

  1. You can send your opinion in writing via email at [email protected] or by dropping your submission off to 401 Strickland Street by January 16, 2020.
  2. There will be two online surveys, but they are not yet available. If interested, please keep checking their website for updates.
  3. They are holding open houses and there are still a few dates left:
  • Haines Junction – November 5, 2019 at Haines Junction Convention Centre - Mezzanine, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Watson Lake – November 21, 2019 at Watson Lake Recreation Centre Curling Lounge, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Mayo – December 2, 2019 at Mayo Recreation Centre Curling Lounge, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dawson – December 3, 2019 at Danoja Zho Cultural Centre, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
     

CFIB will be making a submission – if you’d like to share your thoughts with us please email us [email protected]