Province gives workers right to refuse dangerous tasks as part of labour law overhaul
The Alberta government introduced massive changes to provincial labour law Monday, trumpeting the overhaul as a way to better support injured workers and modernize health and safety rules in the workplace.
Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act included enshrining the right for employees to refuse dangerous work, creating work site health and safety committees and expanding rules to prevent workplace violence and harassment.
Proposed changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act included creating a lump-sum fatality benefit worth $90,772 for a worker’s loved ones, increasing benefits for young workers who suffer long-term injuries on the job, as well as launching an office to help people navigate the compensation system.
“With the changes … we look forward to having a sustainable, fair, effective workers’ compensation system and we hope to see a reduction in injuries and illness through the occupational health and safety side,” Labour Minister Christina Gray told a Monday news conference.