Harry Bains: Improvements to Workers Compensation Act long overdue

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Harry Bains | The Province | August 23, 2020

Opinion: The changes we’ve made to the WCA will recognize the complexity of mental health claims and make the system fairer for workers with the courage to come forward with their injuries that aren’t always visible to others.

This summer, our government has taken action to provide the most significant improvements to the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) in more than two decades. The current pandemic has highlighted the need for modernization, for stronger occupational health and safety protections and a more balanced workers’ compensation system. The bill we passed this summer drew on several expert reports that had feedback from employers, workers, as well as experts in workers’ compensation systems.

Imagine for a moment you are worker who has been exposed to traumatic events on the job and you develop a post-traumatic stress disorder but are told that your WorkSafeBC claim has been denied because more than one year has passed since the onset of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms. The changes we’ve made to the WCA will recognize the complexity of mental health claims and make the system fairer for workers with the courage to come forward with their injuries that aren’t always visible to others.

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