WCB Update Bill 41 – NEW Course

April 27, 2023 at
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM PST
This is a virtual event

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

In November 2022, the NDP made some big changes to the Workers Compensation Act that will change the landscape for how unions advocate for members injured on the job. Some changes will come into effect in April 2023, and others may come into effect after the course. This course will provide an update on the rollout of Bill 41 with a focus on the changes that will have the biggest impact on how unions advocate for their members, in particular the new obligations on workers and employers in early return to work and new obligations on employers to accommodate injured workers. We’ll discuss problem areas workers may face and practice tips for advocating for injured workers under these new provisions. Guest speaker TBA.

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.