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Duty to Cooperate and Duty to Maintain Employment Information Session

Date: February 26, 2024
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (including Q&A)

New legal requirements: Bill 41 – Duty to Cooperate and Duty to Maintain Employment.

The provincial government has made amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that affect return to work. Effective January 1, 2024, employers and workers have a legal duty to cooperate with each other and with WorkSafeBC in timely and safe return to work following a worker’s injury, and certain employers have an obligation to return injured workers to work in specific circumstances.

Supporting injured workers to return to work while they recover is good for them and good for business. When workers can do suitable duties while they recover, it keeps them connected to the workplace and can prevent long-lasting disability. Returning to work safely while recovering requires collaboration between the worker and the employer.

In this information session WorkSafeBC reviews those amendments and industry specific nuances followed by a Q&A session.  Practical resources are provided to help you apply the updated legislation.


  • Legislation Overview
  • Duty to cooperate
  • Duty to maintain employment
  • Collective agreements
  • Administrative penalties
  • Q&A 

Presenter Bios


Teresa Cheung
M.Sc., JD, Return to Work Consultation and Education, Return to Work Services WorkSafeBC

In her current position, Teresa consults with employers regarding their existing disability management programs and actively works with them on the claims process. Previously, she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant within the organization, assisting injured workers in returning to work. Prior to coming to WorkSafeBC, Teresa worked with the United States Federal Government in the Department of Homeland Security. In this role she worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, consulting and educating managers of airports regarding the management of Human Rights claims. Teresa holds a master’s degree in vocational Rehabilitation and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law.  


Elise Kobylanski
RN COHN, Return to Work Consultation and Education, Return to Work Services WorkSafeBC

Elise is a Manager of Client Services and a Registered Nurse with an extensive background working as a certified occupational health nurse with a focus on disability management in both public and private sectors. In her current role, in Return-to-Work Consultation and Education Services, she assists employers to improve their return-to-work outcomes by implementing disability management best practices. Elise has shared her disability management expertise on several occasions for the Canadian Manufacturer’s and Exporters Association, the BC Municipalities Safety Association, the Maritime Employers Association, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. Elise is also a certified Psychological Health and Safety advisor for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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