LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Apr. 1: A 70¢ increase will keep PEI’s minimum wage at the top of the Atlantic provinces at $12.25 per hour.
Feb.: New Bill 42 OHS harassment protections have passed but not yet taken effect:
- Clarify that Act’s purpose includes ensuring workers’ “psychological wellbeing” at workplace
- Employer need no longer post OHS orders involving workplace harassment that include identifying information about individuals involved
- New duty to implement harassment prevention policy and investigate complaints
- New worker duty to comply with employer harassment policy
- Clarification that JHSC/health safety representative duty to receive and investigate safety complaints doesn’t apply to harassment complaints.
Jan. 1: New rules expanding workers’ comp coverage for firefighters took effect. Highlights:
- Coverage for volunteer firefighters
- Presumption that heart injuries suffered by fire inspectors or firefighters within 24 hours of responding to an emergency is work-related
- Exclusion of firefighters from employer return-to-work obligations
- List of other diseases presumed work-related for fire inspectors or firefighters (see below).
New PEI Workers’ Comp Coverage Presumptions for Fire Inspectors & Firefighters
|Cancer Type||Minimum Years for Presumption|
|Primary site brain, testicular breast cancer||10|
|Primary site bladder, colorectal, ureter, lung, myeloma, prostate, skin cancer||15|
|Primary site kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma||20|
|Primary site esophageal cancer||25|
Feb. 5: Newly revised WCB policy POL-91 on workers’ comp coverage of repetitive strain injuries took effect, including new criteria for determining whether RSIs are work-related and expansion of coverage beyond upper extremities to RSIs to other body parts.