Compensation board to cover farm workers in 2009
Injured Manitoba farm workers will become eligible for Workers Compensation Board benefits starting Thursday.
The mandatory coverage was announced by the provincial government a number of months ago.
Adding injury coverage may also help attract workers back into the agriculture industry, as farm worker benefits will be comparable with other industries, the board says.
But mandatory coverage will also mean increased costs and paperwork for producers.
In some instances, it could also mean poorer coverage, because many farm employees were already covered by private insurance.