Proposed policy amendments on determining workplace status

WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division has released a discussion paper on determining workplace status with options and draft policy to stakeholders for comment. “Workplace status” refers to whether someone is an employer, worker, or independent operator. A person’s status defines the rights and responsibilities the person has under the Workers Compensation Act, including compulsory coverage for workers, and…

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Constructors marshal resources to tackle mental health

Journal of Commerce | Don Wall | November 24, 2021 Ontario’s construction stakeholders identified shining examples of progress being made in treating mental health issues and addictions in the sector during recent conversations but several added that gaps remain. Awareness and program development have accelerated in the past five years, observers say, but some sectors such…

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‘As soon as I sobered up, I realized why I had gone through that 16 years of insanity’

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 24, 2021 In the second part of this Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction series video, Angela Gismondi, staff writer for the Daily Commercial News, talks to Julian Toy, substance abuse professional and founder of Addiction Consultants in Recovery, about the fit for…

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‘I experienced happiness very quickly in recovery and I didn’t look back’

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 22, 2021 Julian Toy of Addiction Consultants in Recovery is a substance abuse professional trained in addictions and mental health. As an alcoholic/addict in recovery since 2000, Toy believes the best training comes from someone who has been there. In the first of this two-part Cracks in…

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Special to the DCN/JOC: The lingering impact of COVID-19 on eDiscovery

Journal of Commerce | Candice Chan-Glasgow | November 22, 2021 One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the change in business communication patterns. During the pandemic, many organizations shifted to remote work and implemented new technologies and practices, including the use of messaging and collaboration applications such as Teams or Slack. These communication…

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‘Pandemic, flood, fire — construction is always in the thick of it,’ says BCCA’s Atchison

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 19, 2021 BC is in a state of emergency as many major routes remain severely damaged by flooding and landslides and thousands are evacuated or are on evacuation alert. The body of one person has been recovered and several people remain missing. “Provincial, federal and local governments are…

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Overview: Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, December 1, 2021

In May and July of 2021, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. This document provides an overview of the changes that will come into effect on December 1, 2021. These amendments will apply to the following areas: Combustible and flammable liquids (Parts 1, 5, 22, and 23) Ionizing…

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BCCA 2021 BC Construction Industry Survey

The annual BC Construction Associations (BCCA) Industry Survey helps the BCCA to understand the issues that are important to the employers and skilled tradespeople in BC’s construction industry. It provides the data and personal stories that will help the BCCA advocate on your behalf.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and by…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 8, 2021 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: Abrasions and contusions Core Activity: House raising or structural moving of buildings or heavy equipment Location: Lower Mainland Date of…

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December 2021 virtual public hearing on proposed regulatory amendments

WorkSafeBC will be holding a public hearing on proposed amendmentsto the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public hearing will be held virtually. The virtual public hearing will be streamed live on December 8, 2021with two session times. The first will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 3 to 5 p.m. View…

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COVID-19: The good, the bad and the surprising

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | October 29, 2021 COVID-19 has made our lives miserable for more than a year and a half. The Journal of Commerce recently asked four western Canada experts on, respectively, medical geography, epidemiology, economics and mental health, what has struck them as noteworthy about COVID-19, including how it compares to…

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The B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Weighs in on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

roper greyall | Article by: Sarah Blanco Christopher Munroe | August 2021 As vaccination rates increase, and the province continues to progress through each phase of its reopening plan, one of the biggest questions facing employers is whether to implement a mandatory vaccination policy for employees and, in some cases, customers. This is a complex and…

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ICBA sees mental health support demands spike

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | October 25, 2021 The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) in B.C. is seeing a surge of uptake on its employee assistance program. The group says the increase highlights the pressure the pandemic has put on businesses and their employees as well as the need to further reduce the…

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