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Section 55 and mental disorder claims

Published on: October 04, 2018

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper reviewing how section 55 of the Workers Compensation Act is applied to mental disorder claims. The discussion paper includes questions for consideration. The feedback received will inform the development of draft policy which will then be released for consultation prior to the Board of Directors’ consideration and approval.

Bill 9 – Mental Disorder Presumption

Published on: July 17, 2018

On July 12, 2018, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Chapter 3 in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

Proposed revisions to the Workers Compensation Act

Published on: June 27, 2018

The B.C. government has recently proposed changes to the language and numbering of the Workers Compensation Act. The proposed changes are not intended to change the Act's legal effect. Rather, they are intended to make the Act easier to read and understand, and to reorganize it so that specific laws are easier to find.

Proposed policy amendments related to Bill 9 - Mental Disorder Presumption

Published on: May 24, 2018

The Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 9) amends the Workers Compensation Act by adding a mental disorder presumption for correctional officers, emergency medical assistants, firefighters, police officers and sheriffs who are exposed to one or more traumatic events as part of their employment.

Prior Shoulder Dislocations

Published on: April 20, 2018

On March 29, 2018, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Item C3-16.10, Pre-Existing Conditions − Specific Injuries, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II (RS&CM).

2018 – 2020 Policy Priorities Workplans

Published on: February 08, 2018

At their January meeting, the Board of Directors approved the Policy, Regulation and Research Division’s 2018 – 2020 Policy Priorities Workplans. These workplans encompass policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments and occupational health and safety.

Measurement of Earnings Loss

Published on: November 24, 2017

On November 22, 2017, the Board of Directors approved changes to policy item #40.13, Measurement of Earnings Loss, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II, to revise the factor used to adjust earnings for inflation in calculating a loss of earnings award.

Typographical error in Schedule B

Published on: November 24, 2017

On November 22, 2017, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Schedule B of the Workers Compensation Act to correct a recently identified typographical error in item 6 regarding asthma.

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