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Revising the Effective Date of Schedule 1 Amendment for Infections Caused by Communicable Viral Pathogens

Published on: August 20, 2020

On July 22, 2020, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act, to add a presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens which are the subject of a B.C.-specific emergency declaration or notice. The Schedule 1 amendments were scheduled to come into effect on October 26, 2020.

On August 14, 2020, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020 (Bill 23), received Royal Assent, eliminating the mandated 90-day waiting period before the Schedule 1 amendments approved by the Board of Directors came into effect.

As a result of Bill 23, on August 19, 2020 the Board of Directors approved amending the effective date of the Schedule 1 amendments to August 20, 2020.

The consequential amendments to Item C4-28.00, Contagious Diseases, and Appendix 2 of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II, will also come into effect on August 20, 2020.

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