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WCB Key Practice Directives and Policy

On May 9, 2016, the WCB (WorkSafeBC) released Compensation Practice Directive: #C3-6 — Teachers' Participation in Extra-Employment Activities.

Practice Directives, while not legally binding on WCB officers, help decision makers make quality decisions that are consistent with the principles and objectives of legislation.

Workers’ compensation coverage extends to extra-employment activities where the activities are connected to the worker’s employment to such a degree they are considered part of that employment.

This Practice Directive explains in detail the factors to consider in determining whether WCB coverage will be extended to an extra-curricular activity involving members of the teaching profession. It is strongly recommended that all locals read and review this Practice Directive to better assist members. The Practice Directive is available for download here.

WCB review and appeal

A worker who disagrees with a WorksafeBC decision can request a review or appeal a claim decision.  The Review Division is the first level of review for most worker issues. The Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) serves as the final level of appeal for the WorkSafeBC claims matters that it is authorized to hear and decide. Strict timelines apply at each level. Please contact the BCTF WCB advocate, Luke Olver, at 1-800-663-9163, local 1890, or 604-871-1890; e-mail lolver@bctf.ca.

Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation has undergone several changes in the last few years. Consequently, the "Blue Books," as well as other print versions of the Regulation are out of date and should be discarded. The WorkSafeBC web site is the best place to get the most up-to-date version of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. 

Please keep in mind that the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act are the sources of the rules under which we can ensure that our workplaces are healthy and safe.

More about WCB

To read more about WCB, go to www.worksafebc.com. For form 6A, go to www.worksafebc.com/forms/assets/PDF/6A.pdf.  

Use the Teleclaim process after Form 6A has been submitted.  

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