New Brunswick foodservice operators are concerned by the prospect of further increases to their workers compensation premiums in 2018. This follows on the heels of a 75 per cent increase to their assessment rate over the past three years. The assessment rate for restaurants in the province has increased from $0.75 per $100 of payroll in 2015 to $1.31 per $100 of payroll in 2017. Last week, WorkSafeNB announced that the average assessment rate for all employers would increase by a further 15 per cent in 2018. This is sure to mean more increases for the restaurant industry rate group.
Over that past year, Restaurants Canada has raised the alarm with government on the shocking rate of increases and is lobbying government to introduce legislation to rein in costs. This week, Restaurants Canada appeared before a government-appointed task force to outline the industry’s recommendations to curb the rate of increases and reduce the cost for operators. Click here to read our submission.