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Bill 6 amendments exempt families from WCB, workplace safety rules

Amendments to Alberta’s proposed farm safety legislation were tabled Monday as the NDP government tried to quell a growing backlash to Bill 6 in rural communities.

The changes exempt family members from WCB and occupational health and safety rules, whether they are paid for farm work or not. Neighbours who come to the farm to help are also exempt.

The new rules, which come into effect Jan. 1, will apply only to paid workers who are not related to the owner of the ranch or farm.  If a death or injury occurs, occupational health and safety will only investigate the farm if it has paid workers.

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