August 14, 2019
A follow up letter to Ms. Janet Patterson signed by the 46 business organizations and a Press Statement from the Employers Forum were issued on August 14, 2019 further emphasizing the issues and indicating that, as a group, the organizations signed onto the letter have no choice but to cease all participation in the review process, effective immediately.
Further to the communication on July 29, following is a letter from the Employers’ Forum to the Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr. Ralph McGinn regarding the Report of Mr. Bogyo, “Balance. Stability. Improvement. Options for the Accident Fund”. The letter provides some initial comments on the document and calls upon the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC and the provincial government to undertake a structured engagement process on Mr. Bogyo’s report. As mentioned in the previous communication, there were no Terms of Reference and consultation with the employer community was very limited (and for many associations non-existent) when the report was prepared. We encourage you to make your views known to both the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC and the provincial government on this important report and the need for structured stakeholder engagement before any further deliberations occur or decisions are taken by WorkSafeBC or the provincial government.
RCABC singed on, along with 46 other employer associations, to make one single submission to the Workers’ Compensation (WorkSafeBC) System Review. A review is currently underway of the Workers’ Compensation system that builds recent reviews by Mr. Paul Petrie and Mr. Terry Boygo last year that looked at specific aspects of the system. This submission acknowledge that the system may need some adjustments to benefits, but such change should be consistent with prevailing rates provided in other Canadian jurisdictions and acutely mindful that the system needs to be sustainable.
See the full submission HERE.