Alberta workers’ compensation: a refocus

December 03, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Theodore Fong

This year has seen many developments in the labor and employment fields in Canada. One recent development concerns the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), one of several public agencies across Canada to administer an insurance plan for injured or ill workers. Its no-fault insurance system has been in place for nearly a century and covers over 1.8 million Albertans working for over 160,000 employers.

In 2016 the Alberta government commissioned a panel to evaluate the entire workers’ compensation system. The objective was to examine how the system was keeping up with the realities facing today’s employers and workers. For instance, occupational causes of injuries are becoming increasingly complicated since workers now often have multiple employers (sometimes simultaneously) and complex medical conditions are more frequent today.

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