Alberta has some of the oldest workplace legislation in Canada. The Workers Compensation Act has not been significantly updated in 15 years, while Alberta’s workplaces have evolved significantly.
Following a review of existing laws, changes to the Workers Compensation Act (“WCB”) have been introduced in Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans (the “Act”). The changes will be implemented and will impact both employers and employees effective June 1, 2018.
WCB changes include:
- providing increased benefits to workers and their families;
- obligating employers to return employees to work and imposing a duty to accommodate;
- overhauling dispute resolution and appeal process; and
- changing medical evidence requirements.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Regardless if you are an employee or an employer, the introduction of these legislative changes will undoubtedly affect your workplace. Employers should review and update their employment practices and/or policies to ensure compliance with these revised laws.
Whether you need a consultation, a review/revision of your employment contracts, or a complete overhaul of your employment policies, our firm has the expertise to assist you.
Please feel free to contact any member of the Employment Services Practice Group at Emery Jamieson LLP to learn more by visiting our website: www.emeryjamieson.com/practices/employment-and-labour/