Exemption from coverage for employers in the trucking industry
October 30, 2015 - WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options to stakeholders for consultation on Item AP1-2-1, Exemptions from Coverage of the Assessment Manual.
U.S. carriers who are employers under the Workers Compensation Act must register with WorkSafeBC and pay premiums, pro-rated based on the kilometres travelled in B.C., but many out-of-province Canadian employers in the trucking industry do not. Canadian carriers registered under the Alternative Assessment Procedure for Interjurisdictional Trucking register for workers‚ compensation coverage in each province where they operate or have workers, but only pay premiums in the province(s) where their workers live and usually work.
In the discussion paper, WorkSafeBC is proposing policy options regarding exemption criteria to address this issue of U.S. carriers paying premiums in their home state as well as in B.C. WorkSafeBC also proposes to change the wording of the policy to better reflect how the exemptions work within the larger legal framework.
Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed options and to provide feedback by November 24, 2015.
The discussion paper, policy options, and information on providing feedback are available here.