Legislative changes (COVID-19) – effective 12 October 2020

Amendments to the Act and Regulations come into effect on 12 October 2020. The amendments address a small number of priority issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Establish a presumption of work-related injury for COVID-19 contracted by health care workers
  2. Discontinue the common law termination day
  3. Provide for a revised notice to be given to workers about common law claims
  4. Provide for email service of liability decision notices to workers from insurers and self-insurers
  5. Provide for annual indexation of capped worker entitlements

The legislative amendments implement the McGowan Government’s commitment to address COVID-19 related barriers in the workers’ compensation statute as a priority.

Click here for fact sheets about the changes.

Page last updated: 6 October 2020 at 2:32 pm