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BOD Decision -2005/07/19-03 – Changes to Average Earnings Policies

The Board of Directors approved amendments to WorkSafeBC's policy on workers that have equipment and operating expenses, as provided in policies #68.61, #68.62, and #68.63 of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

The three policies on the average earnings of workers who have equipment and operating expenses were reorganized into two policies, and changed in order to:

  • Add a category of equipment deduction for "light" equipment in short-term average earnings calculations;
  • Set out that in long-term average earnings calculations, the capital cost allowance or depreciation amount for equipment that is a required component of the contract of service will be deducted from gross earnings where it does not exceed 15 percent of the purchase price of the equipment; and,
  • Clarify the application of the policies to workers who must pay for any operating costs and/or equipment that is a required component of the contract of service.

The amendments came into effect on October 1, 2005, and apply to all injuries that occur on or after that date.

Meeting Date: Jul 19, 2005 File type: PDF (37 KB) Asset type: Policy & Regulation Decision