Committee of Review Report and Recommendations
The Saskatchewan government establishes a committee of review (COR) within five years after the Minister has received the previous COR report. Our principal customers – workers and employers – are represented on each Committee. The Committee may inquire into any and all aspects of the WCB’s operations. The Committee of Review can recommend amendments to legislation, or changes to the WCB’s policies or practices.
2015 Committee of Review
The 2015 Committee of Review received over 70 written submissions and hosted public consultations in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton, and Regina. The Workers’ Compensation Act Committee of Review 2016 Report is based on those public consultations.
The 2016 Committee report noted these 11 recommendations:
- Culture and Customer Service: Focus on corporate culture and develop a customer-centric service delivery model.
- Board Structure and Governance: Modernize Board structure to reflect the diversity of skill sets required to guide the work of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).
- Appeals: Significantly reduce the average number of days to a decision and communicate clearly with appellants throughout the process.
- Psychological Injury: Strengthen the Psychological Injury Policy regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental health coverage for Saskatchewan workers.
- Fatality Service Specialists: Assign fatality service specialists to assist individuals and families affected by workplace fatalities and minimize the number of caseworkers per claim.
- Coordination of Benefits: Coordinate benefits between the WCB and SGI to ensure that no worker is disadvantaged in the event of a work-related motor vehicle accident.
- Employer Resource Centre: Establish an Employer Resource Centre, coordinated through the Office of the Workers’ Advocate, dedicated to helping employers navigate the workers’ compensation system.
- Communication and Surplus: Increase transparency and awareness so that the public understands the application of the surplus in the Funding Policy.
- Rate Review and Standard Discount: Ensure best practices are fair and equitable for all employers and not excessively punitive for small employers.
- Review Implementation and Oversight: Strengthen ongoing communication with stakeholders regarding Committee of Review recommendations and implementation.
Four of the recommendations require changes to legislation. One of these four legislative recommendations – Psychological Injury – has already been addressed with a recent amendment to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 to establish a rebuttable presumption for workers experiencing psychological injuries caused by workplace trauma.
Six of the COR Report’s recommendations have been addressed through the WCB as part of its continuous process improvement efforts in 2016. Recommendation eleven – Review Implementation and Oversight – has been partially completed.