The Minister for Commerce in Western Australia recently announced the introduction of the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2011 into State Parliament.
The Bill proposes a significant change in the scheme with the abolition of age based limits on workers comp entitlements. (WCxKit)
Under the reforms all workers will have the same entitlements to compensation regardless of their age. At present the scheme discriminates against older workers by limiting the entitlement of injured workers aged 64 or more to only one year of income payments.
The bill will also:
1. Provide a mechanism to ensure seriously injured workers have a common law remedy where their employer is uninsured;
2. Bring significant and much needed improvement to workers comp dispute resolution arrangements; and
3. Address longstanding technical issues.
The improvements delivered through this bill will benefit both workers and employers while maintaining the long term sustainability and fairness of the States workers comp scheme.
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact:Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.
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