July 23, 2020
July 23, 2020
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division would like to thank you all for your submissions on the proposal to add Infections Caused by Communicable Viral Pathogens, Including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act (Act). The stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes. Please click here for a summary of stakeholder comments.
On July 22, 2020, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Schedule 1 of the Act to add a presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens, which are the subject of a BC-specific emergency declaration or notice.
Consequential amendments are also made to Item C4-28.00, Contagious Diseases, and Appendix 2 of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II to reflect the Schedule 1 amendment.
These amendments will come into effect on October 26, 2020.
On July 14, 2020, the Minister of Labour tabled Bill 23, which proposes to eliminate the mandated 90-day waiting period in the Act before a WorkSafeBC regulatory amendment comes into effect, in relation to an occupational disease that is an infection caused by a communicable viral pathogen. If Bill 23 is passed prior to October 26, 2020, the effective date of the Schedule 1 amendment and consequential amendments will be adjusted accordingly.
Please click here to view the Resolution.
Policy, Regulation and Research Division