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Government Announces Legislation for Workers Affected by PTSD

December 4, 2018

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced progressive legislation to protect workers who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their employment.

“Unions in our province have been fighting for better mental health coverage for workers, and today’s announcement is an important step in addressing mental health in our province. Traumatic events can happen in all types of workplaces, and this legislation will provide a better process to ensure those affected will be covered,” said FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.

Currently, coverage for mental health illness under workers compensation are diagnosed on a case-by-case basis. This new legislation aims to make the process easier for injured workers to receive the compensation they need.

The coverage will extend to all employees covered under the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act and comes into effect July 1, 2019.

Read the full press release here:

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