In British Columbia, WorkSafeBC is the entity that takes care of workers' compensation matter. Though it may be hard to imagine, throughout the province, people become ill or are hurt as a result of workplace conditions daily. If this happens to you, it is important to know what steps to take. In this post we will provide information that all workers--even those who work in seemingly safe environments--should know.
When a union and an employer cannot reach an agreement, the possibility of employees striking often looms. Recently, a situation of this nature arose in Vancouver. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and CUPE Local 118 experienced difficulty with contract negotiations. As a result of those issues, the workers provided the team bargaining for them a 90 percent strike mandate.
Given that race is a protected ground under human rights legislation, workers who believe they have been discriminated against in the workplace because of their race can file a complaint against that employer. This is true even if the person taking the legal action is not a part of a minority group. A Caucasian man who works for the Canada Revenue Agency took such action. Despite feeling he was a lock for a management position in his office, the man was made aware that a woman or member of a visible minority would get the promotion.
For residents of multicultural Canada who have to go to work regularly, the fact that workplace discrimination is still occurs is unfortunate news. Despite the activity being illegal, a recent survey found that people throughout the nation still experience discrimination for a variety of things.
Injuries inflicted by another person may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the phrase "workplace injuries" is mentioned and yet, such incidents do occur. Sometimes injuries inflicted on a worker by another co-worker, client, or patient are violent and the industry in which these incidents often arise is health care, specifically the residential-services sector.