October 16, 2013
Manitoba labour calls for injury crackdown
The Manitoba Federation of Labour is calling for a crackdown on employers who pressure workers not to report an injury.
The group has obtained statistics through the freedom of information law that shows no employer in Manitoba has been fined for claims suppression in the last seven years.
Federation president Kevin Rebeck says independent reports have proven that some workers have been pressured to not report an injury.
He says that’s partly because the Workers Compensation Board rewards businesses with low claim rates by reducing their premiums.
Rebeck says premiums should instead be reduced for workplaces that invest in safety initiatives.
The NDP government has already promised to crackdown on claim suppression, and a new plan is expected this fall. ..n
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