POLITICS
04/28/2014 03:06 EDT | Updated 06/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Manitoba government to increase maximum penalties for unsafe workplaces

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is increasing penalties for unsafe workplaces.

A bill now before the legislature would boost the maximum fines under the Workers Compensation Act.

The top fine for workers jumps to $5,000 from $1,500, and, for employers, to $50,000 from $7,500.

The bill would also ban an employer from taking discriminatory action against any worker who exercises their rights under workers compensation law.

The government is also promising to set up a new committee at the Workers Compensation Baord to focus on preventing workplace injuries.

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