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Fifth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature

This version is based on the printed bill that was distributed in the Legislature after First Reading.   It is not the official version.   If accuracy is critical, you can obtain a copy of the printed bill from Statutory Publications or view the online bilingual version (PDF).

Bill 6

THE WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. W200 amended

1           The Workers Compensation Act is amended by this Act.

2           Subsection 4(5.2) is amended by striking out "or" at the end of clause (i) and adding the following after clause (j):

(k) multiple myeloma;

(l) a primary site prostate cancer;

(m) a primary site skin cancer; or

(n) a primary site breast cancer.

3           Subsection 47(3) is replaced with the following:

Indexing factor if ratio is 1.06 or less

47(3)       If the ratio calculated under subsection (2)

(a) is 1 to 1.06, inclusive, the indexing factor for the year is the ratio; or

(b) is less than 1, the indexing factor for the year is 1.

4(1)        Subsection 48(3) is replaced with the following:

Annual indexing factor if ratio of 1.06 or less

48(3)       If the ratio calculated under subsection (2)

(a) is 1 to 1.06, inclusive, the annual indexing factor for the year is the ratio; or

(b) is less than 1, the annual indexing factor for the year is 1.

4(2)        Subsection 48(7) is replaced with the following:

Biennial indexing factor if ratio is 1.12 or less

48(7)       If the ratio calculated under subsection (6)

(a) is 1 to 1.12, inclusive, the biennial indexing factor for the year is the ratio; or

(b) is less than 1, the biennial indexing factor for the year is 1.

Coming into force

5(1)        Subject to subsection (2), this Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Coming into force:  sections 3 and 4

5(2)        Sections 3 and 4 come into force on January 1, 2011, and if this Act receives royal assent after that day, sections 3 and 4 are deemed to have come into force on January 1, 2011.

Explanatory Note

The Workers Compensation Act lists specific illnesses and injuries presumed to be caused by firefighting, unless the contrary is proven. This Bill expands the list to include multiple myeloma and primary site prostate, skin and breast cancers.

In addition, the Act currently contains provisions that index benefits to the rate of inflation.  Amendments are made to those provisions to ensure that indexing does not result in benefits being reduced.

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