Changes to Health Benefits for Injured Workers

Posted in: WCB Law | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 15, 2018

Further to our recent blog article on the proposed WCB Alberta Legislative changes, the associated WCB policy updates have been made and will come into effect on September 1, 2018. As much as this is intended to improve the workers’ compensation system, some of these changes will have a significant financial and operational impact on employers.    It is, therefore, important for Alberta employers to understand what has changed, how it will affect their business and what they can do to prepare for September 1st. One of the areas that are addressed is employer-provided health benefit plans. Here’s what’s new: Health Benefits: Legislation will now require employers to continue to pay health benefits for workers who are absent from work due to a work-related injury, for up to one year.   Health care benefits include services such as: dental, vision care, medications, hospital services, health services (e.g., nursing care, hearing […]

BCL – Our 30th Year in Business

Posted in: News & Announcements | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 1, 2018

It all began some 30 years ago… when two former WCB employees got to chatting with an HR specialist, a lawyer and a paralegal and came up with an interesting business concept that could potentially save Alberta organizations money: What if they could provide unprecedented representation and consultation to Alberta employers on all matters pertaining to workers’ compensation? An article about BCL from Heavy Construction News, published 30 years ago, in 1989 As much as the WCB was (and is) focused on compensating and assisting injured workers, the financial foundation for the workers’ compensation system was funding provided through WCB premiums from Alberta employers. There were plenty of resources to support workers with issues related to entitlement, benefits and appeals — including worker advocates and the Office of the Appeals Advisor — but the same was not true for employers. Businesses were largely left on their own to figure out […]