Workers Compensation Consultations

Kathy Brookes

Public hearings are being scheduled -- including two days in Terrace -- as an independent review is conducted for the province into B.C.'s workers' compensation system. 

The review is looking at how to shift the system to become more "worker centred" and how to increase worker and employer confidence. 

Written input and online questionnaire answers are being welcomed until July 19th.

And on July 18th and 19th, Northwest residents can explain their views in person in Terrace during the last two days of hearings around the province. A public hearing is also set for Prince George on July 17th. 

Presenters are asked to register in advance via email or by phoning toll-free 1 833 633-6790. 

A news release says half the times will be reserved for injured workers to ensure their views are heard.

In April, Labour Minister Harry Bains announced the appointment of retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson to undertake the review. The government says it is meant to assess:

* the system's policies and practices that support injured workers' return to work;

* WorkSafeBC's current policies and practices through a gender and diversity-based analysis (commonly referred to as GBA +);

* modernizing WorkSafeBC's culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model;

* the case management of injured workers; and

* potential amendments to the Workers Compensation Act arising from this focused review.

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