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HSA calls on province to expand WorkSafe coverage

HSA is calling on the province to expand presumptive coverage to community social service and health care workers. Presumptive coverage means that when a mental health injury happens as a result of work, the worker is able to get workers' compensation without being forced to prove that work was the cause. Presumptive coverage eliminates some of the administrative and often stressful barriers an injured worker faces when filing a claim. 

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One step closer to stomping out period poverty

Last week the BC NDP government announced a $95 thousand grant for the United Way to research the full impact of period poverty on people and families. According to the government press release, the initial project will distribute free products through 12 community agencies around the province and collect critical information to ensure future policies are meeting the needs of people in our communities.

How climate change affects public health, and what we can do about it

By Tim Lim

Universal health care is an issue of national pride, shared among Canadians. Similarly, Canadians take pride in the beautiful nature encompassed in the country.

Yet with recent climate change pressures – from hurricanes and floods to ravaging forest fires – the effects of climate change are threatening our ecosystems and becoming more intertwined with our daily health.

BC Government introduces long awaited reforms to Employment Standards and Labour Code

This week the Minister of Labour, Harry Bains, introduced two pieces of legislation that together dramatically increase protections for workers and their right to join a union.
 
These are long overdue reforms, and it is welcome news to see the government take these first steps to restoring balance and fairness for working people.  These reforms do not cover everything - this is only the start - and HSA will continue to advocate for more changes going forward.
 
Employment Standards Act
 

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