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Practice Directives

Practice Directives are issued by the Assessment Department to provide technical interpretation and elaboration of specific insurance assessment matters arising from the Workers Compensation Act and 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; 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

1-0-0(A)

Interpretative principles and administration of the Act

April 6, 2020

1-1-1(A)

Status – Principles

April 6, 2020

1-1-3(A)

Status – Independent operator

April 6, 2020 

1-1-4(A)

Status – Employer

April 6, 2020

1-1-5(A)

Status – Worker

April 6, 2020

1-1-5(B)

Status – Volunteer

April 6, 2020

1-1-7(A)

Status – Labour contractor criteria

April 6, 2020

1-4-1(A)

Status – Exemption from coverage

April 6, 2020

1-4-3(A)

Personal Optional Protection

April 6, 2020

1-5/6/7-1(A)

Extending application of the Act

April 6, 2020

1-8-1(A)

The fishing industry

April 6, 2020

3-123-1(A)

Reconsideration

April 6, 2020

3-124-1(A)

Fraud and misrepresentation

April 6, 2020

4-147-1(A)

Out of province coverage

April 6, 2020

5-243-1(A)

Payment of interest

April 6, 2020

5-244-1(A)

The classification system

April 6, 2020

5-244-2(A)

Assigning a firm in the classification system

April 6, 2020

5-244-2(B)

Special cases of assignment in the Classification System

April 6, 2020

5-244-3(A)

Change of classification

April 6, 2020

5-245-1(A)

Registration of Employers

April 6, 2020

5-245-2(A)

Assessable payroll

April 6, 2020

5-245-3(A)

Alternative assessment procedure for the interjurisdictional trucking industry

April 6, 2020

5-247-3(A)

Experience rating

April 6, 2020

5-258-1(A)

Contractor liability and the Clearance System

April 6, 2020

5-261-1(A)

Penalties

April 6, 2020

5-263-1(A)

Employer payment for compensation provided during period of default

April 6, 2020

8-336-1(A)

Coverage under federal statutes or agreements between the federal and the provincial government

April 6, 2020

8-347-1(A)

Workers’ compensation premium audit

April 6, 2020

Archived Assessment Practice Directives