WorkSafeBC: Proposed Policy Amendments on Determining Workplace Status

Determining workplace status

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on determining workplace status with options and draft policy to stakeholders for comment.

“Workplace status” refers to whether someone is an employer, worker, or independent operator. A person’s status defines the rights and responsibilities the person has under the Workers Compensation Act, including compulsory coverage for workers, and obligations of employers to pay assessments into the accident fund.

At issue are changes to WorkSafeBC’s workplace status policies to ensure the policies remain up to date. Changes are necessary to align policy with the Workers Compensation Act and the common law, and to enable WorkSafeBC to make decisions which reflect the changing nature of work in British Columbia.

The discussion paper, with options and draft policy, as well as information on how to provide feedback, can be found here:

Proposed policy amendments on determining workplace status

You’re invited to provide feedback on the options until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the proposed policy amendments.

Policy, Regulation and Research Division