WCB Appeals

April 06, 2023 at
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM PST
This is a virtual event

ZOOM Video Conference | Materials and zoom link will be sent a few days prior to class.

This course will build on the information and skills of experienced WCB reps and/or those who have taken the WCB Level 1 Beginner course. The course will focus on effective advocacy skills at the WCB and its appeal bodies. Effective advocacy includes identifying likely issues for particular cases of injury or occupational disease, knowing the Board’s case, and obtaining new evidence, especially medical evidence. As time permits, we will review written submission templates and how to prepare (and prepare your worker) for an oral hearing.

Facilitators: Sarah O’Leary and Rolf Harrison, Harrison O’Leary
Sarah O’Leary was called to the bar in 1981 and has primarily been practicing Workers’ Compensation and disability-related law for over 30 years. She has been a workers advisor, a Vice-Chair at the Appeal Division, a staff lawyer at a major health care union and practiced for 10 years at Rush Crane Guenther. She is currently a partner at Harrison O’Leary. She has been teaching workers’ compensation advocacy to labour unions for over three decades.

Rolf Harrison is a lawyer at Harrison O’Leary and has practiced mainly in the area of workers’ compensation since 2010 when he was called to the bar. He practiced at Rush Crane Guenther from 2010 until joining with Sarah O’Leary to form   Harrison O’Leary in 2017. Rolf regularly facilitates courses for union advocates on emerging trends in workers’ compensation and has been a WCB facilitator at the CLC Winter School since 2012.