Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill
This Member’s Bill seeks to establish a new body, the Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council (SEIAC) to provide expertise about support for people who can no longer work because of workplace injury or disease.
The Bill is at Stage 1
This Member’s Bill has been introduced by Mark Griffin MSP. It establishes a Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council (SEIAC). SEIAC would be an independent body, separate from the Scottish Government.
SEIAC would be able to commission research and come up with recommendations on the support available to people who can no longer work because of workplace injury or disease.
The Bill proposes that employers and employees will be represented on SEIAC. SEIAC members would be expected to have experience or knowledge of workplace injury, the law on these matters, relevant medical practice, and the effect of disability on daily life.
Why the Bill was created
The Scottish Parliament got new social security powers in 2016. It now has the power to develop new policies on various benefits, including benefits for people who have been injured at work.
SEIAC would be a Scottish equivalent to the UK Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC). The IIAC gives advice to the UK Government on the link between particular occupations and diseases. However, the IIAC will have no role in Scotland now that these social security powers are devolved.