POLITICS

Nova Scotia to extend full benefits to widows of workers killed on the job

04/18/2013 04:52 EDT | Updated 06/18/2013 05:12 EDT
HALIFAX - A leaked document says the Nova Scotia government is planning to table legislation Friday that would reimburse pension benefits denied to a group of more than 100 remarried widows whose husbands died on the job.

A news release obtained by The Canadian Press says the Widows Pension Act would ensure the women get full retroactive benefits.

The document says legislation was changed in 1999 so that remarried women would continue to receive their survivors' benefits, retroactive to the date when they remarried.

However, benefits for women who remarried before 1985 were only retroactive to 1999.

The news release credits Betty Baumann of Glace Bay, whose husband died in a coal mine in 1960, for leading a group of widows who fought for the change.

The government says most of the compensation will come from the Workers' Compensation Board's accident fund, which covers workers injured on the job.

Self-insured employers, such as the provincial government, would be responsible for their portion of the cost.