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Consequential amendments to the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II

The Workers Compensation Act (Act) has been revised by British Columbia’s Office of the Legislative Counsel as part of a standard statute revision process under the Statute Revision Act. The editorial changes to language, and renumbering of sections, parts, and divisions of the Act, come into effect on April 6, 2020.

At issue are the consequential revisions required for the policies in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II (RS&CM, Volume II), to ensure they continue to reflect the legislation.

As a result of some of the revisions to the Act, some of the consequential revisions to the RS&CM policies appear to be more substantial than simple housekeeping amendments. Policies reliant on spent provisions or on provisions that have been rearranged and restructured have necessarily been revised accordingly, but there is no change in the substance of the applicable law or policy.

Because of the broad impact of the anticipated changes, the Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper explaining the proposed consequential amendments to the RS&CM, Volume II to stakeholders for information and comment.

Proposed deletions of policy wording are identified with a strikethrough and additions are identified in highlighted bold.

Discussion paper

There are a number of ways for stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft policy consequential amendments:

 

(a) Comment link:

Through the Comment link below, you will be able to provide immediate feedback by completing an online submission form.

Please note: Once you click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form you cannot access it again to make additional comments. Therefore, if you wish to make detailed comments in the feedback section, you may want to draft your comments using a word processing format and then cut and paste them into the submission form.

Comment

Alternatively, submissions can be submitted as follows:

(b) Email: policy@worksafebc.com
(c) Mail: Christina Wendel
Quality Manager
Policy, Regulation and Research Division
WorkSafeBC
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver BC V6B 5L5
(d) Fax: 604.279.7599;
or toll-free in B.C. 1.877.279.7599

The consultation period will end on March 2, 2020. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Division’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.