WCB policy and procedure, Injuries – Communicable Disease

Policy: Injuries – Communicable Disease (POL 02/2010) Document Date: 17 February 2010 Purpose: To establish guidelines for communicable disease injury claims. DEFINITION Communicable disease means a disease that can be transmitted, or transferred by contact from one person to another. Compulsory immunization means that a worker is required, either directly or indirectly, by the employer to be immunized. An example of an indirect requirement is where an unimmunized worker is directed by the employer that they are not allowed to work (with no pay) in the event of a communicable disease of pandemic proportions. Voluntary immunization means an immunization that [...]

2020-07-24T08:14:12-06:00Jul 24, 2020|Comments Off on WCB policy and procedure, Injuries – Communicable Disease

WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert

WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert WorkSafe and Dr. Joti Samra to launch psychological resource centre this fall Regina, Sask., June 30, 2020 – Mental health injuries are on the rise across our province and our country. To develop a long-term strategy, which will include resources to assist Saskatchewan employers deal with psychological health issues in the workplace, WorkSafe Saskatchewan has formed a partnership with Dr. Joti Samra, one of Canada’s foremost psychological health and wellness experts. WorkSafe is the workplace injury prevention partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry [...]

2020-06-30T15:38:20-06:00Jun 30, 2020|Comments Off on WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert

WCB shares financial results during AGM

WCB shares financial results during AGM Sask. workplace injury rate drops from second highest in Canada to fourth among provinces Regina, Sask., June 24, 2020 – At the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s annual general meeting (AGM) teleconference today, the WCB shared its 2019 financial and operating results with Saskatchewan workers, employers and partners. “In 2019, the WCB remained fully funded to support our customers, the workers and employers of Saskatchewan. At 115 per cent funded at 2019 year-end, we were able to cover costs of all claims in the system. This upheld the WCB’s commitment to workers [...]

2020-06-24T11:48:56-06:00Jun 24, 2020|Comments Off on WCB shares financial results during AGM

WCB releases 2019 operating results

WCB releases 2019 operating results For the fourth year in a row, 88 per cent of Sask. employers had zero injuries and zero fatalities The WCB remains fully funded at 115.1 per cent Workplace Total injury rate decreases to 4.95 per 100 workers Time Loss injury rate decreases to 1.86 per 100 workers Regina, Sask., June 2, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s 2019 annual report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. The WCB remained fully funded in 2019 with the ability to cover the future costs of all claims in the system. “It continues to [...]

2020-06-02T16:03:39-06:00Jun 2, 2020|Comments Off on WCB releases 2019 operating results

WorkSafe announces 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award winners

WorkSafe announces 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award winners Regina, Sask., May 4, 2020: Today, WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, announced the winners of the 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards. Each year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan presents the Safe Worker award to a worker who goes beyond the expectations of their position to help create a safer workplace. The 2020 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker Award winner is Tasia Smith, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Regina. The runner-up finalists for the 2020 Safe Worker [...]

2020-05-04T13:58:24-06:00May 4, 2020|Comments Off on WorkSafe announces 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award winners

Sask. WCB offers relief measures for employers

Sask. WCB offers relief measures for employers Premium penalties waived for employers effective April 1 until June 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis Regina, Sask., March 30, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is introducing additional relief measures for employers who are unable to pay their WCB premium payments. Effective April 1 until June 30, 2020, the WCB will waive penalties and interest charges for late premium payments. The Government of Saskatchewan announced various measures to support provincial business owners during the COVID-19 crisis. To provide further relief for Saskatchewan employers, the WCB is: Forgiving interest and penalties [...]

2020-03-30T15:33:49-06:00Mar 30, 2020|Comments Off on Sask. WCB offers relief measures for employers

Saskatchewan’s workplace Total injury rate decreases in 2019

Saskatchewan’s workplace Total injury rate decreases in 2019 Total injury rate decreases by 9 per cent and Time Loss injury rate decreases by 6.5 per cent 2019 Total injury rate was 4.95 per 100 workers 2019 Time Loss (Time Loss + Fatality) injury rate was 1.86 per 100 workers 41 rate codes (84 per cent of rate codes) had a lower Total injury rate than in 2018 88 per cent of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries Regina, Sask., March 11, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) released its injury statistics today announcing that the 2019 workplace injury rates [...]

2020-03-11T14:59:52-06:00Mar 11, 2020|Comments Off on Saskatchewan’s workplace Total injury rate decreases in 2019

Saskatchewan WCB selects new chief financial officer

Saskatchewan WCB selects new chief financial officer Regina, Sask., Feb. 20, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is announcing today that Crystal Nett will join the organization in the role of chief financial officer (CFO) and vice-president of corporate services. Nett will join the WCB on Feb. 24, 2020, taking over from Ann Schultz, who is retiring after eight years of dedicated service to the organization. Schultz will stay on briefly in a consultative role during the transition period. “We are thrilled to be able to smoothly transition from one exceptional leader to another,” said the WCB’s chief [...]

2020-02-21T08:26:31-06:00Feb 20, 2020|Comments Off on Saskatchewan WCB selects new chief financial officer

Firefighter occupational disease coverage expanded

Firefighter occupational disease coverage expanded Injury claims previously not covered by the WCB will be reviewed under the new amendments  Regina, SK, Feb. 11, 2020 – Recent amendments to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the Act) have expanded the list of occupational diseases covered by the rebuttable presumption for firefighters. The expanded list now includes six additional cancers that were not previously covered by the WCB. “The added cancers recognize the changing demographics among firefighters, with half of the additional cancers impacting females,” said Phillip Germain, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board. The expanded list of occupational diseases covered by [...]

2020-02-10T17:03:59-06:00Feb 11, 2020|Comments Off on Firefighter occupational disease coverage expanded

WCB approves 2020 premium rates

WCB approves 2020 premium rates The 2020 rate marks the first time in 12 years the average premium rate has not dropped Regina, Sask., Dec. 4, 2019 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2020 average employer premium rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll. This is the same rate as 2019, marking the first time in 12 years the average premium rate has not dropped. “While our average premium rate hasn’t changed from last year’s rate, average premium rates will go up for some industries and down for others,” said the WCB’s CEO Phil Germain. [...]

2019-12-04T09:54:14-06:00Dec 4, 2019|Comments Off on WCB approves 2020 premium rates