B.C. NDP stands by WorkSafeBC changes as business protests

Presuming COVID-19 infection job-related ‘contrary to medical science’ Local Papers | TOM FLETCHER | Jul. 21, 2020 Leading business organizations are calling on the B.C. government to withdraw legislation that allows presumption of viral illness as a workplace injury, changes the determination of retirement age for injured workers and makes other changes to WorkSafeBC’s policies….

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Letter to the Editor: Cost of CBAs too steep

Journal of Commerce | Paul de Jong | July 21, 2020 To the Editor; RE: BC Building Trades executive director casts doubt on coalition legal appeal, July 17, 2020 No matter how many times the executive director of the Building Trades says it, that doesn’t make it true. Andrew Mercier would be hard pressed to prove that…

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B.C. boosts benefits for injured workers, but stops short of expensive overhauls

Vancouver Sun | Rob Shaw | Jul 17, 2020  VICTORIA — B.C.’s NDP government is boosting benefits for injured workers, but stopping short of fully implementing recommendations from an expert review that would have cost the workers’ compensation system hundreds of millions of dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic. Labour Minister Harry Bains introduced legislation this…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

July 13, 2020 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Injury to head Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date…

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Construction coalition blasts B.C. government CBA policy as it heads to Court of Appeal

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | July 17, 2020 VANCOUVER — A coalition of British Columbia construction associations is calling out the province’s transportation and infrastructure minister as they take their legal challenge of the NDP government’s community benefits agreement (CBA) policy to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The coalition is asking the court…

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Ministry of Labour Reports

Workers’ compensation system reports Consultation Report on Potential Amendments to British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Act – Jeff Parr (PDF) WorkSafeBC and Government Action Review: Crossing the Rubicon – Lisa Jean Helps (PDF) Balance. Stability. Improvement: Options for the Accident Fund – Terry Bogyo for WorkSafeBC (PDF) A Worker-Centred Approach to Workers’ Compensation Policy – Paul Petrie for WorkSafeBC

B.C. government brings in changes to workers’ compensation system

Journal of Commerce | The Canadian Press | July 15, 2020 VICTORIA — Workers’ compensation benefits in B.C. would be based on a higher maximum salary amount under legislation introduced Tuesday (July 14) by the provincial government. Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act would increase the maximum insurable earnings to $100,000 from $87,100. The government says…

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WCB changes restore balance, protect injured workers

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. BC Building Trades Website July 14, 2020 Changes to the Workers Compensation Act introduced today by the BC NDP government put injured workers first for the first…

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“Working sick isn’t working”: BCFED launches plan to ensure paid sick leave for every worker

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. BC Fed Website | July 9, 2020 | Health, Safety, and Compensation (Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — With workplace COVID-19 outbreaks fresh in the…

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Alberta’s Bill 32 cuts through labour law red tape: stakeholders

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | July 13, 2020 Progressive unions and trade unions are applauding proposed changes that are poised to transform the province’s labour laws. According to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) Bill 32, the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, is long overdue. One of most significant changes is that…

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September 2020 public hearing on proposed regulatory amendments

WorkSafeBC will be holding a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Because of the restrictions on public gatherings put in place by the provincial health officer during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold the public hearing virtually. The virtual public hearing will be streamed live on September 30, 2020, in two sessions….

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