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

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

WorkSafeBC Proposes COVID-19 Related Changes to Workers Compensation Act

WorkSafeBC recently released a Discussion Paper entitled “Adding Diseases by Communicable Viral Pathogens, including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act” (the “Act“). The purpose of the Discussion Paper is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity for consultation with respect to WorkSafeBC’s intent to amend Schedule 1 of the Act (formerly Schedule B) … Continued

BC’s Re-Start Plan: WorkSafeBC Protocols Released

On March 15, 2020, WorkSafeBC released a series of industry-specific protocols for employers to follow as part of resuming operations in Phase 2 of British Columbia’s Re-Start Plan.  The sectors covered include arts and cultural facilities, health professionals, in-person counselling, education (K-12), offices, parks, personal services, real estate, restaurants, cafes and pubs, and retail. All … Continued

New Order: Employers Required To Post Safety Plans

Today the Provincial Health Officer issued a new order requiring all employers to post and make available their COVID-19 Safety Plans as follows: Post a copy of your COVID-19 Safety Plan on your website, if you have one, and at your workplace so that it is readily available for review by workers, other persons who … Continued

WorkSafeBC’s Role in Your Restart Plan

As discussed in our article on BC’s Restart Plan, WorkSafeBC is playing a critical role in assisting businesses and sectors as they restart their activities under Phase 2 and beyond. WorkSafeBC’s role in the Restart Plan is consistent with its overarching mandate to promote the prevention of workplace injury, illness, and disease. The particular role … Continued