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WorkSafeBC recently published an Interim Practice Directive on Mental Disorder claims under Section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act. For an update, please see my article in B.C. Human Resources Management Association’s (HRMA) online publication HRVoice.org.
My colleague Matthew Larsen reports:
A recent arbitration decision out of Ontario involving Telus Communications and the Telecommunications Workers Union reinforces the importance of carefully applying the principles of progressive discipline. The Arbitrator’s unfortunate decision to reinstate a grievor, despite noting his “atrocious” and “unbelievably bad” record, serves as a valuable lesson for employers. This is … Continue Reading
An Ontario jury recently made an unprecedented decision related to workplace bullying against Walmart. As there are no formal written reasons for jury awards, the following discussion by Ryan Copeland is based on a number of reports on the case (see sources at the end).
Appropriate conduct in the workplace is ever changing. The most recent shift concerns bullying in the workplace, … Continue Reading
I have been discussing Bill 14 a lot this year. The British Columbia Court of Appeal has just issued a very significant decision related to the mental disorder provisions under the Workers Compensation Act (“WCA”). The case deals with the pre-Bill 14 language but is applicable to the new expanded language. The Court decided that … Continue Reading
When ICBC’s 1500 workers go on strike for one day on Tuesday, September 18th, do not expect ICBC to permit overtime work to catch them up on missed work. ICBC is already on the hook for past overtime that it never expected to pay. As recently reported by Christopher Reynolds of the Vancouver Sun, an … Continue Reading
In a prior post I discussed the changes to the “mental stress” provisions of British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011 that came into effect July 1, 2012. WorkSafeBC subsequently published its amended compensation policy C3-13.00 that will govern the determination of claims under the new “mental disorder” provisions. The Policy should be carefully reviewed … Continue Reading
Submissions to Worksafe BC due Friday, June 15. More to come …
Following on my earlier posts, Bill 14 received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012 (the last day of the Spring session of the legislature). The third reading version is here.
**This Bill received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012.
Also see part 1 – “B.C.’s Anti-Bullying Legislation”.
On Monday, May 28, 2012 the B.C. Provincial Government’s Orders of the Day again included the Ministry of Labour moving to amend Bill 14 (Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011). There are important changes from the amendments previously proposed to the … Continue Reading
Also see part 2 – Personal Harassment & Bullying update
I apologize for the lengthy break. During this time my friend and in-house lawyer, Ms. M, suggested that I post something about Bill 14 – the Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act. Last week on Pink Shirt day the Vancouver Sun ran an article by business reporter, Darah Hansen (aka … Continue Reading