BC Chamber Voices Concerns About Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act

On July 20, 2020, the BC Chamber and 21 other BC business associations sent a letter to the Hon. Harry Bains, outlining the business community’s concerns with Bill 23, Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act, 2020, which was tabled in the legislature on July 14.

The letter outlines specific concerns with the following areas addressed in the proposed legislation:

  • Finality of Adjudicated Decisions
  • Reopening of Reviews and Appeals
  • Health Care Services and Supplies
  • Return to the Dual Pension System
  • Retirement age
  • Unpaid Assessments and Directors Liability
  • COVID-19 Schedule 1 Presumption, National Coverage for Sick Pay and “Waiver of 90-day Period”

“Over time, this amendment will destabilize the workers’ compensation system by adding considerable costs, and will unwind the financially stability that WorkSafeBC has seen over the last two decades.”

July 20, 2020, Letter to Minister Bains: Bill 23, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020 – Business Community Response

Overall, Bill 23 doesn’t consider the significant challenges that employers face as they struggle to cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19. The government’s extension of public health and emergency orders and the cautious and incremental approach to “reopening” the economy following the recent COVID-19 crisis – while understandable and accepted by the business community – shows we are no where near “back to normal”. This legislation assumes everything is fine with BC’s economy and employment circumstances. This could not be further from the case.

Read the full letter.

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