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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2019LBR0003-000557
April 3, 2019
Ministry of Labour
B.C.’s workers’ compensation system under review

VICTORIA – To increase the confidence of workers and employers, the British Columbia government will undertake a formal review of its workers’ compensation system with the appointment of retired labour lawyer Janet Patterson.

To shift the workers’ compensation system to become more worker centred, the review will assess:

  • the system’s policies and practices that support injured workers’ return to work;
  • WorkSafeBC’s current policies and practices through a gender- and diversity-based analysis (commonly referred to as GBA+);
  • modernization of WorkSafeBC’s culture to reflect a worker-centric service delivery model;
  • the case management of injured workers; and
  • any potential amendments to the Workers Compensation Act arising from this focused review.

There will be a public engagement process to ensure that Patterson’s review is informed by feedback from employers, labour organizations and injured workers.

The review will consider any steps that may be required to increase the confidence of workers and employers in the system, and whether there are any other improvements that could be made.

A report, including possible recommendations, will be delivered to government by Sept. 30, 2019.

A backgrounder with Patterson's biography follows.

 
Contact:
 
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Labour
778 698-8964
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2019LBR0003-000557
April 3, 2019
Ministry of Labour
Biography of Janet Patterson

Janet Patterson has been practising law in the B.C. workers’ compensation system context for more than 17 years.

Patterson was an adjudicator at the Public Service Appeal Board in the 1990s. In 2001, she joined the appeal division of the Workers’ Compensation Board as an appeal commissioner. She was appointed vice-chair of the newly created Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal and served as a vice-chair and deputy registrar from 2003-05.

In 2005, Patterson joined the law firm of Rush Crane Guenther, where she represented workers in complex compensation appeals at all levels and in a variety of related proceedings, including discriminatory actions, section 257 applications, arbitration, disability appeals and Canada Pension Plan appeals.

She was the co-chair for the 2016 Continuing Legal Education session on workers’ compensation.

 
Contact:
 
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Labour
778 698-8964
 

 
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