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What emerging issues in workers' compensation and OH&S are on your watch list?

I’m often asked about emerging issues in workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety.  Each perspective in this field may see a different issue or ...

What is the connection between Market Failures and Workers' Compensation?

Everyone has some idea of what an economic “market” is and how it works.  Terms like “supply and demand” are well known. For most goods ...

Why is measuring worker outcome so challenging for workers' compensation systems?

Those who make laws and policy do so to achieve certain outcomes.  Unfortunately, meaningful measurement of outcomes in workers’ compensation is sadly lacking.    Workers’ compensation outcomes ...

Is Workers' Compensation primarily a "medical insurance" plan?

Nearly three quarters of US  workers' compensation jurisdictions now incur more  healthcare cost than “indemnity” costs (wage replacement for temporary disability workers' compensation claims) for ...

Is a “safety culture” assessment right for your organization?

Safety culture is a popular term in occupational health and safety articles.  There is no one universally accepted definition but the US OSHA describes Safety ...

How "Safety-minded" are you .... Really?

I was mowing my lawn yesterday (Yes, Vancouver weather means mowing begins in mid-February some years) when  a passing neighbour noted my hearing and eye ...

How does workers' comp compare among TPP countries?

Interjurisdictional comparison of compensation for work-related injury is difficult.  Among the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, there is wide variation in laws covering work injuries.  ...

What will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP trade agreement) mean for workers' compensation?

Trade deals often contain provisions regarding labour, social security (including workers' compensation), occupational health and safety (OH&S).  The Trans-Pacific Partnership text  contains several clauses of note.  Aside ...

What will elimination of the waiting period mean?

Workers' compensation “reform” often means changes that effectively reduce costs and/or benefits.  That is not the case with the recently announced changes to one workers' ...

Will workers' compensation cover income lost from my second job?

About 5% of the employed labour force in North America works more than one job concurrently.  In some jurisdictions, the prevalence is even higher.  Multiple ...

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Terry Bogyo Terry Bogyo
Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning and inter-jurisdictional comparisons. Terry says of himself: I am a student of workers’ compensation systems. Many years ago I discovered two things about this area. First, workers’ comp and OH&S are of vital importance to people. Protecting, caring for and providing compensation to workers are important, noble and morally responsible endeavors. The second thing I learned was that no matter how much I knew about workers' comp/OH&S, there was always so much more to learn. This is an endlessly challenging area of study. My purpose, therefore, is not to lecture, but to reflect on the ideas and issues that are topical in this area... and to invite others to share in a learning experience. By adding your knowledge and insights, others with similar interests can participate in the discovery and study of this important domain.
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