As we stated in blog posts on May 10th and June 13th, 2012, the B.C. Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2011 – also known as Bill 14 – expands workers’ compensation benefits to mental disorders caused by significant workplace stressors. These stressors include a single traumatic event or cumulative stressors over time, such as workplace bullying and harassment.
On July 1, 2012, the Bill came into effect and is now law. WorkSafe BC will be issuing policies sometime this Fall which will set out employers’ obligations with respect to formal prevention plans. It is also anticipated that at that time, WorkSafe BC will clarify certain aspects of the legislation, specifically what type of conduct constitutes “bullying” and “harassment”. Stay tuned for further details this coming Fall.