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Practice Directives

Practice Directives are issued by the Compensation Practice and Quality Department to address specific compensation matters. These directives serve to support quality decision making by highlighting key adjudicative considerations consistent with the objective/principle of a particular legislative and/or policy requirement. Where necessary, Practice Directives will also provide for a supporting business process and will include adjudicative examples or job aids to demonstrate appropriate application.

Practice Directives are developed in consultation with subject matter experts within the Worker and Employer Services Division. Advice and comment is also provided by the Review Division and the Policy, Regulation and Research Division.

Prior to finalizing and issuing a new Practice Directive, a draft is provided to the Policy and Practice Consultative Committee. This is a standing committee that includes representation from the worker and employer communities.

WorkSafeBC officers are required to consider, and where appropriate, apply the guidance provided in the Practice Directives.

Compensation Practice and Quality Practice Directives

P.D. No.
Title Effective date
Chapter 1 Scope of Volume II of this Manual
C1-1 Effective Dates and Transition Rules Effective Apr.1, 2003
Updated Feb. 27, 2007
(formerly PD #38A)
C1-2 Binding Nature of Policy Effective Mar. 2, 2003
Amended Apr. 22, 2003
(formerly PD #60)
 
Chapter 3 Compensation for Personal Injury
C3-1 Chronic Pain Effective Jan. 1, 2003
Amended Jan. 1, 2004,
Dec. 21, 2010 & May 15, 2015
(formerly PD#61)
C3-3 Mental Disorder Claims Effective Jan. 2, 2013
Amended Jun. 21, 2013
& Feb. 18, 2014
C3-4 S.5 (4) Presumption Effective Apr. 20, 2012
C3-5 Compensable Consequences - Psychological Conditions Effective Feb. 6, 2015
Amended Oct. 30, 2015
C3-6 Teachers' Participation in Extra-Employment Activities Effective May 9, 2016
 
Chapter 4 Compensation for Occupational Disease
C4-1 Adjudication of Contagious Occupational Diseases Effective Aug. 9, 2005
Amended Jan. 1, 2004,
Amended Aug. 18, 2009
& Oct. 27, 2009
(formerly BPIS#10)
C4-2 Activity-Related Soft Tissue Disorder (ASTD) Claims Effective Jun. 15, 2004
Amended Oct. 2, 2006,
Dec. 5, 2011,
May 11, 2012, &
May 22, 2015
(formerly PD#66)
 
Chapter 5 Wage Loss Benefits  
C5-1 Duration of Benefits - Age 65 Effective Oct. 21, 2002
Amended Jan. 30, 2015
(formerly PD#41)
C5-2 Commencement of Payments Effective Nov. 19, 2004
(formerly BPIS#1)
C5-3 Termination of Temporary Disability Benefits Effective Dec. 21, 2004
(formerly BPIS#2)
C5-4 Suspensions Effective Mar. 29, 2010
Amended July 12, 2016
C5-5 Selective Light Employment Effective Jan. 25, 2011
Amended May 5, 2014
 
Chapter 6 Permanent Disability Awards  
C6-1 Permanent Partial Disability Benefits - Section 23(1) Amended effective
Mar. 3, 2003
(formerly PD#45)
C6-2 Permanent Disability Benefits – Section 23(3) Effective Apr. 26, 2012
Amended July 18, 2014
 
Chapter 7 Protection of and Deductions from Benefits
C7-1 Payment of Public Trustee and Committee Fees Effective Aug. 25, 1998
(formerly PD#19)
C7-3 Overpayments Effective Apr. 18, 2008
Amended Feb.18, 2014
(formerly BPIS#20)
 
Chapter 9 Average Earnings  
C9-1 Coverage and Compensation for Self-Employed Persons Effective Jun. 30, 2002
Updated Aug. 1, 2006
(formerly PD#25)
C9-2 Provisional Rate Amended effective
Mar. 3, 2003
(formerly PD#30)
C9-3 Net System of Compensation Effective Jun. 30, 2002
Amended May 8, 2009
(formerly PD#32)
C9-4 Initial and Long-Term Average Earnings Amended effective
Jan.1, 2016
(formerly PD#33A)
C9-5 Secondary Employment Effective Jun. 17, 2003
Amended July 1, 2012
(formerly PD#33D)
C9-8 Employment Insurance Payments Amended effective
Jul.1, 2012
(formerly BPIS#3)
C9-9 Casual Pattern of Employment Effective Jan. 1, 2006
(formerly BPIS #13)
C9-10 Workers Deducting Business and/or Equipment Expenses Effective Aug. 1, 2006
(formerly BPIS#16)
C9-11 Composition of Earnings Effective Jan. 14, 2008
Amended Mar. 24, 2016
(formerly BPIS#19)
C9-12 Long Term Average Earnings: Section 33.4 - Exceptional Circumstances Effective May 1, 2008
(formerly BPIS#21)
 
Chapter 10 Health Care  
C10-1 Claims with Opioids, Sedative/Hypnotics or Other Prescribed Potentially Addictive Drugs Effective Jan. 1, 2015

Amended date Jan. 27, 2017

C10-2 Income Loss Payments Effective Mar. 3, 2003
Amended March 1, 2017
(formerly PD#C9-7)
C10-3 Additional Benefits for Severely Disabled Workers
Effective July 12, 2016
C10-4 Independence and Home Maintenance Allowance Effective July 12, 2016
C5-4 Suspensions Effective Mar. 29, 2010
Amended July 12, 2016
 
Chapter 11 Vocational Rehabilitation  
C11-1 Continuity of Income (Code R) Benefits Amended effective
Mar. 3, 2003
(formerly PD#18)
C11-2 Vocational Rehabilitation Programs & Services Effective Nov. 1, 2002
Amended Sept. 1, 2015
(formerly PD#51)
C11-3 Vocational Rehabilitation Extent of Service Effective Nov. 1, 2002
Amended Sept. 1, 2015
(formerly PD#52)
C11-4 Vocational Rehabilitation Relocation Effective Nov. 1, 2002
Amended Jan. 29, 2003
(formerly PD#54)
 
Chapter 12 Claims Procedures  
C12-1 Disclosure of Personal Information Amended effective
Mar. 3, 2003
(formerly PD#8)
C12-2 Violations of the Act: Agreement to Forego Benefits and Employers Preventing Reporting Effective Dec. 17, 2001
Amended Apr. 26, 2013
(formerly PD#26)
C12-5 Authorization for Obtaining and Releasing Personal Information Effective Oct. 1, 2008
Amended Sep. 15, 2009
(formerly PD#63)
C12-6 Implementation of Appellate Decisions Effective Jul. 4, 2005
Amended Jan. 28, 2016
(formerly BPIS#9)
C12-7 Surveillance and Other Evidence Effective May 2, 2007
Amended Mar. 24, 2016
(formerly BPIS#18)
C12-8 Managing Claims of Psychologically Fragile Workers Effective Oct. 24, 2008
Amended Mar. 29, 2010
C12-9 Responding to a Risk or Threat of Suicide Effective Oct. 24, 2008
Amended June 1, 2017
C5-4 Suspensions Effective Mar. 29, 2010
Amended July 12, 2016
 
Chapter 14 Changing Previous Decisions  
C14-1 Bill 63 Effective Dates and Transition Rules for Reopenings, Reconsiderations, Reviews and Appeals Effective Mar. 3, 2003
(formerly PD#57)
C14-2 Reconsiderations Effective Mar. 31, 2005
Amended Sept. 30, 2013
(formerly BPIS#5)
C14-3 Reopenings Mar. 31, 2005
Amended Jan. 30, 2015
(formerly BPIS#6)
C14-4 Findings of Fact Effective Jun. 26, 2006
(formerly BPIS#14)
 
Chapter 16 Third Party/Out-of-Province Claims
C16-1 Inter-jurisdictional Claims Effective May 25, 1998
(formerly PD#15)
C16-2 Interim Third Party Business Effective Dec. 14, 1998
Amended Jun. 8, 2009
(formerly PD#20)
C16-3 Out-Of-Province Injuries Effective Oct. 12, 2005
(formerly BPIS#11)
 
Chapter 17 Charging of Claim Costs  
C17-1 S. 39(1)(e) - Relief of Costs: Eligibility and Application Effective May 12, 2005
Amended May 3, 2013
(formerly BPIS#7)
C17-2 Experience Rating Cost Exclusions Effective Jul. 4, 2005
(formerly BPIS#8)
C17-3 S. 39(1)(e) - Relief of Costs: Evaluation and Determination of the Amount Effective Nov. 2, 2005
(formerly BPIS#12)
 
Chapter 18 Retirement Benefits  
C18-1 Retirement Benefits Effective Jul. 16, 2002
(formerly PD#48)
 

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