DAILY NEWS Nov 14, 2012 10:43 AM - 0 comments

Saskatchwan announces legislative changes to protect workers

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Regina, SK – During the recent Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention in Regina, Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan announced the implementation of new legislation and a regulatory change that will strengthen workplace safety in Saskatchewan.

Bill 23, which enhances and clarifies current Occupational Health and Safety legislation, came into force on November 7, 2012.

“This legislation puts the safety of working people first, while ensuring Saskatchewan's economy continues to grow,” Morgan said. “We've established ways to better engage employers in creating safe workplaces; we have enhanced appeal processes and further empowered Occupational Health Officers.

“We need clear, consistent and easy to understand laws to assist in efforts to reduce Saskatchewan's unacceptably high injury rate, while creating an environment that helps attract business and skilled workers to Saskatchewan, supporting Saskatchewan's Plan for Growth.”

The proclamation does not include the requirement to designate a prime contractor in certain sectors or increases to proposed fines related to OHS prosecution. These matters have been further considered during the current review of labour legislation and will be addressed with the introduction of the Saskatchewan Employment Act, which is to be tabled later in the fall of 2012.

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety is conducting a series of information sessions across the province to educate employers, workers and stakeholders on the new legislation. For more information visit http://www.lrws.gov.sk.ca.

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