The Workers Compensation Act (Act) has been revised 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), 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 draft revision of the RS&CM for stakeholder information and preparation purposes. Any feedback will also be shared with WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors.
The discussion paper, draft policy manual, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link:
Proposed consequential amendments to the RS&CM
The consultation period for this item will end at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the proposed policy changes.