Workers Compensation Coverage for Workers Working Remotely Outside of BC

This article is intended to alert BC-based employers to a potentially significant liability exposure that may arise if they find themselves with BC-based workers who are working remotely in other jurisdictions. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many employees working from home. In some cases, employers have learned that, rather than working from their BC-based residences, … Continued

WorkSafeBC approves presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens

We recently explored WorkSafeBC’s discussion paper regarding its intention to amend Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act, in order to add a new presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens, including COVID-19. On July 23, 2020, WorkSafeBC announced that its Board of Directors has now approved these proposed amendments to Schedule 1 of the … Continued

The BC Government Introduces Bill 23 – Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020

Following the BC government’s recent modernization of the Workers Compensation Act in April of this year, the Minister of Labour introduced the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, for first reading on July 14, 2020. The Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, has more significant substantive implications for employers’ management of compensation claims and occupational health and … Continued