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The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) is a Crown corporation that oversees the implementation and application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workers' Compensation Act, and the Firefighters' Compensation Regulations. Here are the top five things to know about dealing with the board.
- How many people get injured
- How long they are off the job.
In addition to workplace health and safety training and resources, one of the most important benefits to the employer community is the fact that having WCB coverage provides you with protection from lawsuits from an injured worker.
How can I reduce my premiums?
While rates are set based on industry experience and other factors, there are several ways employers can ensure they avoid paying more than necessary:
- Offer practical, relevant safety training to all staff on an ongoing basis.
- Ensure that you are classified correctly.
- Actively manage any claims and cooperate with WorksafeNB.
- Implement and use a Return to Work program.
Yes! The Office of Employer Advisor Nova Scotia (OEA) assists employers in matters concerning workers' compensation claims through advice and representation on issues before WCBNS and in particular during the appeals process.