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Proposed Policy Amendment Relating to the Time Allowed For Submission of an Application for Compensation for a Mental Disorder

During WorkSafeBC’s consultation on proposed policy changes to reflect the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011 amendments to the mental stress provisions in the Workers Compensation Act, stakeholders raised questions as to:

  • how the time limits for an application for compensation apply to claims for compensation for mental disorders where there are multiple events or cumulative stressors; and
  • when WorkSafeBC will consider special circumstances to have precluded the filing of an application such that extensions beyond the one year time limit will be granted.

At issue is whether policy revisions are required to address these two questions.

At their meeting on November 28, 2012, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options to stakeholders for comment.

Discussion paper (PDF 77kb)

There are a number of ways for stakeholders to provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments:

(a) Comment link:

Through the Comment link below, you will be able to provide immediate feedback by completing an online submission form.

Please note: Once you click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form you cannot access it again to make additional comments. Therefore, if you wish to make detailed comments in the feedback section, you may want to draft your comments using a word processing format and then cut and paste them into the submission form.

Comment

Alternatively, submissions can be submitted as follows:

(b)

Email:

policy@worksafebc.com

(c)

Mail:

Deb Viccars
Senior Policy Analyst
Policy and Regulation Division
WorkSafeBC
PO Box 5350 Station Terminal
Vancouver, BC  V6B 5L5

(d)

Fax:

604 279-7599; or toll-free in B.C. 1 877-279-7599

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent for each submission. Please be advised that stakeholders will not be contacted regarding the contents of their submissions unless clarification is needed.

The consultation period will end on June 28, 2013. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on policy amendments.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy and Regulation Division’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.