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Proposed Policy Amendments Regarding Personal Optional Protection ("POP")

Individuals who are self-employed, including partners or proprietors with no workers, are not automatically covered by the Workers Compensation Act. WorkSafeBC offers optional coverage, called POP, to these individuals. Subject to a minimum and maximum amount, POP registrants can choose how much coverage they want to purchase, based on their earnings.

The Policy and Regulation Division (“PRD”) has prepared a discussion paper and draft Assessment Manual policy about whether to raise the minimum amount of POP coverage available for purchase, and whether, going forward, this amount should be adjusted automatically.

The discussion paper also examines a proposal to clarify the portion of policy concerning POP registration requirements.

Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed policy, and to provide feedback by June 28, 2013.

Discussion paper (PDF 188kb)

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:

Anthony Moffatt
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

The consultation period will end on June 28, 2013. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before it adopts any changes to POP policy.

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.