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Practice Directives

Practice Directives are issued by the Assessment Department to provide technical interpretation and elaboration of relevant provisions of Divisions 1 and 5 of the Workers Compensation Act and of the Assessment Manual. An interpretation, commentary, or clarification in a practice directive is not intended to be and is not a substitute for the law or WorkSafeBC policy; and, therefore, the reader should reference each of the Act and applicable policy in considering application of a practice directive.

Furthermore, as an interpretation, commentary, or clarification in a practice directive relates to provisions of the law and WorkSafeBC policy in force at the time of the issuance of the practice directive; the reader should consider such interpretation, commentary, or clarification in light of the relevant provisions of the law and WorkSafeBC policy in force at the time under consideration, taking into account the effect of any relevant amendment to either the law or WorkSafeBC policy occurring after the date on which the practice directive was issued.

In these practice directives, examples are intended to be illustrative, and the conclusions drawn in each example are based solely on the facts included in the example.

Assessment Practice Directives

No. Title Effective date
1-1-0(A) Interpretive Guidelines
Jan. 15, 2010
1-1-3(A) Status - Distinguishing between a worker and an independent operator May 1, 2010
1-1-3(B) Status - Specific occupations
May 1, 2010
1-1-4(A) Status - Employers
May 1, 2010
1-1-5(A) Status - Workers
May 1, 2010
1-1-7(A) Status - Labour contractor criteria May 1, 2010
1-2-1(A) Exemptions from coverage
May 1, 2010
1-2-3(A) Personal Optional Protection May 1, 2010
1-3-1(A) Extending application of the Act
May 1, 2010
1-8-1(A) Out of Province coverage
May 1, 2010
1-37-1(A) The Classification System
Jan. 1, 2013
1-37-2(A) Assignment within the Classification System
Jan. 1, 2013
1-37-3(A) Change of Classification
Jan. 1, 2013
1-38-1(A) Cancellation of registration
May 1, 2010
1-38-2(A) Assessable payroll
May 1, 2010
1-38-4(A) Interjurisdictional trucking
May 1, 2010
1-39-2(A) Payment of interest
Dec. 1, 2010
1-42-3(A) Experience Rating
Jul. 1, 2011
1-47-2(A) Section 47(2) Committee
May 1, 2010
1-51-1(A) Clearance Letters
May 1, 2010
1-88-1(A) Audit: Examination of books and records, and inquiry May 1, 2010
1-96-1(A) Reconsideration, review, and appeal
May 1, 2010
1-96-2(A) Fraud and Misrepresentation
Jan. 1, 2013
1-97-1(A) Coverage under Federal Statutes or Agreement between Provincial and Federal Governments
Jun. 10, 2014