Province says task force will examine workers' compensation

The province has announced its plan to establish a task force to examine workers' compensation. 

In a news release, the province says it has asked the auditor general to conduct an independent value-for-money audit of WorkSafeNB to ensure they are efficiently administering programs.

The province also says the task force will include both employer and worker representatives and will be chaired by a neutral party who is from out-of-province.

The news release says this task force will also examine WorkSafeNB’s current financial situation, the governing legislation, and the overall objectives and effectiveness of the workers’ compensation system.

A third action outlined in the release includes formally requesting to the board of WorkSafeNB that their rates reflect the fact that reports are pending from the task force and the auditor general. 

The release also says a discussion paper will be prepared to collect information to ensure the system addresses the needs and realities of current and future workplaces, while also striking the right balance between compensation for injured workers and the financial interests of employees.