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Protecting the physical and mental health of employees is of benefit to all stakeholders – employees, employers, insurers and society at large. The prevention of disability is a provincial imperative as safe, psychologically healthy and accommodating workplaces provides the foundation for enhanced productivity and economic growth. Conversations about disability prevention must include discussions about the impact of psychologically healthy and unhealthy workplaces on workers (including their families and communities) as well as on employers, insurers and society at large.
Following the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Describe national and international trends and approaches to compensating mental stress
- Understand key changes to entitlement for mental stress under the BC Workers Compensation Act
- Have an awareness of the adjudication and case management practices in place in BC
- Gain insight into the provincial perspective on the population trends / claims across sectors
Jennifer Leyen, MEd, BA
Director, Special Care Services & Disability Awards, Worker and Employer Services, WorkSafeBC
Jennifer Leyen has over 20 years experience working in the field of disability and rehabilitation. In her current role as director, WorkSafeBC, she provides leadership to highly specialized clinical teams supporting clients with catastrophic physical and psychological injuries. The core values that have guided Jennifer’s career and approach to working with clients are inclusion, independence and employment. Involving all stakeholders – clients, families, advocates, employers and a multi-disciplinary case management team is fundamental to her professional practice. Jennifer has a BA from the University of British Columbia, a certificate in disability management from the National Institute of Disability Management, and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary. She has had the opportunity to work in all areas of the province, including Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kamloops and the lower mainland. In 2009 she was instrumental in the development of a new department at WorkSafeBC - special care services (SCS), responsible for coordinating care and case management services for the provinces’ most severely injured workers. In May 2013, her portfolio was expanded to include mental health claims (Bill 14), occupational diseases and disability awards.