WorkSafeBC issued a news release today concerning the latest administrative penalties imposed on employers. Of note: read more »
WorkSafeBC approves 3 new OHS workplace bullying and harassment policies to be effective November 1, 2013
WorkSafeBC has recently added the following announcement to its website:
At its March 2013 meeting, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved three new OHS workplace bullying and harassment policies:
- Employer Duties - Workplace Bullying and Harassment - D3-115-2
- Worker Duties - Workplace Bullying and Harassment - D3-116-1
- Supervisor Duties - Workplace Bullying and Harassment - D3-117-2
The Board of Directors' resolution is available for reference.
Sections 115, 116 and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act set out the general duties of employers, workers, and supervisors respectively. The new policies have been developed to clarify the obligations of employers, workers, and supervisors regarding preventing, where possible, or otherwise minimizing workplace bullying and harassment. read more »
The British Columbia Government has introduced amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that, among other features, broaden compensation coverage for mental stress conditions arising in the workplace.
The amendments were introduced in the legislature on November 3, 2011. In the government's news release, Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid states:
Our government recognizes that we need to treat job-related mental stress the same way we treat physical illness and injuries. We know mental stress has a significant impact on workers, their families and their workplace.
The Ministry's Backgrounder that accompanied the news release states:
What are the effects of mental stress?
Since mental stress most often results in physical and psychological symptoms, it has a significant effect on workers and their families. read more »
Highest penalty imposed by WorkSafeBC on employer in 2010 was $145,000, according to enforcement report
WorkSafeBC released its "enforcement report" for 2010 today. Key stats from the report are: read more »