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Proposed policy amendment to remove the capitalized values of permanent disability awards from the experience rating (ER) calculation

WorkSafeBC’s ER Plan was introduced in 2000. Under the ER Plan, employers whose claim costs are lower than their peers receive a discount on their premiums, and employers whose claim costs are higher pay a surcharge. The goal of the ER Plan is to encourage employers with high injury costs to reduce them, and to encourage employers with low injury costs to keep them low.

At issue is whether to stop using the projected total cost of permanent disability awards when calculating an employer’s ER. Instead, WorkSafeBC would include the amounts of these awards as they are paid out to workers over time.

At their meeting on May 25, 2017, the Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper with options and proposed policy amendments to stakeholders for comment. Proposed deletions of policy wording are identified with a strikethrough and additions are identified in bold.

Discussion paper

There are a number of ways for stakeholders to provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments.

Submissions can be submitted as follows:

(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

(b) Email: policy@worksafebc.com
(c) Mail: Anthony Moffatt
Senior Policy & Legal Advisor
Policy and Regulation 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 Friday, September 15, 2017. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on policy amendments.

**NOTE** July 31, 2017: The discussion section of the paper was changed to clarify the proposed policy’s anticipated impact on employers’ overall premiums.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy and Regulation 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.