International RSI Awareness Day 2018

Posted in: Uncategorized | Posted by braveadmin on February 28, 2018

Over 2.3 million Canadian adults are diagnosed and learning to cope with repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) each year and this number is increasing steadily. The impact of these injuries and disorders, not only on the individuals involved but on our society as a whole is enormous, which is why the last day of February has been recognized as International RSI Awareness Day. These injuries and disorders can be crippling, seriously affecting the ability to work or even perform daily activities. They often develop slowly, over time and although there is some discussion about the direct cause, it is generally accepted that work-related activities can be a contributing factor to the onset, severity, and location of an RSI or MSD. The overuse of muscles in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back are linked to RSI symptoms. The use of vibrating tools, forceful movements, repetitive actions […]

Duty to Accommodate and Further Changes to the WCB Alberta

Posted in: WCB Law | Posted by braveadmin on February 21, 2018

As part of the 2017 review of the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), the Alberta Government has recently passed legislation that will affect current Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) policy. Although some of the legislation is already in effect (details regarding those changes can be found in our recent blog here), there are further policy changes scheduled for the remainder of 2018. In an effort to ensure it provides an effective policy framework that enables workers and employers to meet their responsibilities under the proposed legislation, the WCB has requested feedback on proposed policy drafts and will be accepting comments until March 6th, 2018. There are aspects of these proposed changes that, if put into practice, could substantially increase claims costs and negatively impact employer premiums. This is an excellent opportunity for Alberta employers, workers and concerned stakeholders to speak up and help shape the future of the WCB in Alberta. […]

The WCB Alberta is Changing

Posted in: WCB Law | Posted by braveadmin on January 30, 2018

In 2017, for the first time in more than 15 years, the WCB Alberta underwent a comprehensive review. The results of the review were compiled and introduced to the Alberta legislature as Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans which was passed into law in late December 2017. The recommendations made by the review panel were to ensure a Workers’ Compensation system that is fair and provides greater benefits to support injured workers. But at what cost to employers? The amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) will be realized in the form of policy changes mostly affecting workers and employers. A number of policy changes came into effect January 2, 2018 and the rest will follow throughout 2018; some requiring additional input from concerned stakeholders. So, just what has changed and what does it mean to Alberta workers and employers? Let’s start with […]

How New Year’s Resolutions Can Improve Your Organization’s Productivity

Posted in: workplace wellness | Posted by braveadmin on January 4, 2018

Looking for a good way to get your staff engaged after the holidays? Well, it’s that time of year again and New Year’s Resolutions abound! Traditionally, the new year is seen as an opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes, to rid ourselves of bad habits and to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A time for a fresh start – out with old, in with the new, out with the bad and in with the good. Since we spend a good portion of our waking hours every week at work, why not switch it up this year and get your entire staff involved in the resolution making process? Using the workplace as the basis for setting new year’s resolutions can have significant benefits beyond achieving the personal goals that are intended. Allowing staff to work as a whole or in smaller groups with shared interests can create stronger social […]

Holiday Greetings – From All of Us to All of You!

Posted in: Workplace | Posted by braveadmin on December 22, 2017

‘Tis the season… the annual festive time for presents and parties, for connecting and catching up, for good food with good friends and family. It is also a time for giving and sharing, a time for thinking of others and of those less fortunate, a time to be grateful for all that we have, and a time to reflect on all we have done throughout the year. As we head into our 30th year in business, BCL Consulting is pleased to continue to provide support to a number of charitable organizations through volunteer and participation initiatives not only at Christmas but throughout the year. We are proud to continue our service work in the community during the holiday season by participating in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Calgary, and sponsoring families through the Christmas Bureau Hamper in Edmonton. This year, as an alternative to giving out client appreciation […]