Compensation Clinics

The Compensation Clinics are intended to enhance participants’ working knowledge about workers' compensation, prohibited action complaints, occupational health and safety complaints, and strategies and alternatives to appeals. 

 

Recent Changes to the Workers Compensation Act

Date: May 17, 2022

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

These session reviews recent changes to the Workers Compensation Act which includes:

  • timeframe for filing a mental disorder claim
  • provision to provide health care on pending claims
  • change to the maximum wage rate
  • presumption for infection caused by communicable disease
  • ability to request a review to reopen an application
  • jurisdiction of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal to decide Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms issues
  • change to retirement age provisions and,
  • change to permanent disability benefit consideration. 
 

Applications for Extensions of Time

Date: June 21, 2022

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

This clinic will clarify the timelines for filing reviews and appeals when a worker receives a decision letter from WorkSafeBC they disagree with. We will also look at how one files an Extension of Time application and the types of evidence required for making an Extension of Time application when deadlines are missed.

 

Activity-related Soft Tissue Disorder (ASTD)

Date: July 19, 2022

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

Activity-related soft tissue disorder (ASTD) is a term used to describe a variety of medical conditions affecting muscles, tendons and/or ligaments, resulting from repetitive movements or exposure to mechanical vibrations. ASTDs are also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), repetitive motion disorders, and accumulative trauma disorders.

These disorders usually involve discomfort or persistent pain in soft tissues of the arms or legs. They may also involve numbness, tingling, sharp pains, and muscle weakness, and they often begin with fatigue and discomfort related to movement.

In this clinic we will review what an activity related soft tissue disorder (ASTD) is, how WorkSafeBC adjudicates these claims, and what kind of information you need for a review or appeal.