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Westray Payment of Benefits (1998) Act


1st Session, 57th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
47 Elizabeth II, 1998

Private Member's Bill

Westray Payment of Benefits (1998) Act

Charlie Parker
Pictou West

First Reading: October 20, 1998

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

An Act to Provide for the
Immediate Payment of Benefits
to Westray Workers

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Westray Payment of Benefits (1998) Act.

2 The Government shall, within fourteen days of the coming into force of this Act, pay to the employees of Curragh Resources employed on the date of the Westray Disaster, all benefits those employees are entitled to pursuant to the Labour Standards Code.

3 (1) The money to make the payments referred to in Section 2 shall, notwithstanding the Workers' Compensation Act, be taken from the Accident Fund established pursuant to that Act.

(2) The money taken from the Accident Fund pursuant to subsection (1) shall be repaid to the Fund by the government from money appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.

4 (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, benefits shall not be paid to a former employee of Curragh Resources who, in the opinion of the Minister of Labour, caused or contributed to the Westray Disaster.

(2) An opinion of the Minister of Labour pursuant to subsection (1) is not an expression of civil or criminal liability but is made only for the purpose of this Act.

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