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Revised Workers Compensation Act takes effect April 6

Published on: March 10, 2020

The provincial government’s revisions to the Workers Compensation Act will take effect in one month, on April 6, 2020. The changes are intended to make laws easier to find and modernize the language so it’s easier to read and understand.

Board of Directors approves regulatory amendments related to Bill 18

Published on: January 22, 2020

At its November 2019 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the definition of “fire department” in section 31.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). These changes are consequential to the Bill 18 revisions to the Workers Compensation Act.

Vocational rehabilitation

Published on: January 20, 2020

On December 11, 2019, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Item C11-85.00, Vocational Rehabilitation – Principles and Goals, Item C11-88.00, Vocational Rehabilitation – Nature and Extent of Programs and Services, and Item C11-89.10, Vocational Rehabilitation – Income Continuity of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

Evidence and decision-making

Published on: January 20, 2020

On December 11, 2019, the Board of Directors approved amendments to 34 policies in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule 2018 Review

Published on: November 07, 2019

On October 23, 2019 the Board of Directors approved amendments to the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (PDES) in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II to, to update conditions to ensure the PDES reflects best practices for assessment and diagnosis.

Merits and Justice in Decision-making

Published on: July 03, 2019

On May 29, 2019, the Board of Directors approved amendments to policies in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II, the Prevention Manual, and the Assessment Manual related to merits and justice in decision-making.

Extending coverage to Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Unpaid Work Experience Program

Published on: June 25, 2019

On April 10, 2019, the Board of Directors approved extending coverage under Section 3(7)(b) of the Worker Compensation Act to participants of the Unpaid Work Experience Program. This program was developed by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to assist unemployed and underemployed British Columbians gain valuable work skills in a work environment.

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