Facts about the WCB’s Funded Position

Statement: Facts about the WCB’s Funded Position Recently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued a press release referencing their own research document where they suggest that WCB’s across the country “are holding onto $6.8 billion in extra money.” Their research document goes on to suggest that all workers’ compensation board’s funding ranges in Canada should fall within 100 per cent to 110 per cent. This, however, runs contrary to the independent external actuarial advice that boards across the country have received to set funding ranges. While a review of CFIB’s research would be beneficial, they have been unable [...]

2017-12-01T12:38:10+00:00 Nov 9, 2017|Comments Off on Facts about the WCB’s Funded Position

WorkSafe Regional Workshop

Regina, SK - The sixth annual WorkSafe Saskatchewan Regional Workshop is taking place at the Days Inn in Swift Current today. The day will include information on: Organizational Performance Metrics (OPM) Ergonomics: Why do workers get injured? Changes to Marijuana Legislation: Impact on the Workplace The morning features a session on ergonomics and why workers get injured. The afternoon’s featured session is changes to Canadian marijuana legislation and what impact it may have on the workplace. “We are committed to our mission of zero injuries, zero suffering and zero fatalities.” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention. “By bringing this one-day [...]

2017-11-02T13:53:40+00:00 Nov 2, 2017|Comments Off on WorkSafe Regional Workshop

WCB proposes drop in premium rates for 11th year

Average preliminary rate suggests a 4% decrease from 2017, making it the lowest rate in over 30 years WCB expects the 2018 proposed average premium rate to be the 3rd lowest in Canada. The 2018 proposed average premium rate is expected to decrease to $1.19 from $1.24 in 2017. 94% of Saskatchewan employers will see a decrease or no change to their 2018 premium rate. In 2017, the Board approved the transition to the WCB’s enhanced rate model. The 2018 premium rates reflect the rate model transition. REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has proposed a drop [...]

2017-10-19T17:07:02+00:00 Oct 17, 2017|Comments Off on WCB proposes drop in premium rates for 11th year

Canada Day long weekend

Happy Canada Day. Long weekends are a great opportunity to plan a much needed getaway. While planning your trip, please remember the following important safety tips: Slow down in the orange zones. Remember to slow to 60/km or abide by the speed limits posted. Inspect your vehicle before you set out. Check your tires, gas, oil, and look for any damage that may be a hazard to you or other drivers. Don’t drink and drive. This applies to all vehicles: boats, cars, ATV’s and recreational vehicles. Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen frequently to avoid burns. Protect yourself from insects. Let’s [...]

2017-06-21T16:02:38+00:00 Jun 21, 2017|Comments Off on Canada Day long weekend

Come out and meet the NEW WorkSafe Bob!

WorkSafe Bob is back and he wants to meet you! Bring your family and friends, play some games and have some fun! Date: June 28 Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm Location: FW Hill Mall Regina Date: July 1 (Prior to the first Rider home game) Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Confederation Park (Evraz Place just west of the new stadium) Regina

2017-06-21T11:54:38+00:00 Jun 21, 2017|Comments Off on Come out and meet the NEW WorkSafe Bob!

WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Regina – A former labourer was sentenced today in Melfort at the Court of Queen’s Bench to two and a half years in jail for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The former claimant was found guilty of filing two false claims, in addition to returning to work while in receipt of benefits. The WCB received a restitution order for the full amount of the fraud of $137,377. 76. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Details on [...]

2017-05-18T15:19:18+00:00 May 18, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Automotive & safe driving tips for Victoria Day long weekend

The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. For some, the May long weekend also marks the start of the camping season. Travellers can expect increased traffic of all types of vehicles including motorcycles, recreation vehicles, plus camper trailers and boat trailers. “Planning your road travels in advance, driving safe, staying focused, and adhering to the posted speed limits will help you reach your destination safely, plus reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan. Here are some other helpful tips: Automotive & Recreation Vehicle Tips: (www.caask.ca/car-care-tips) [...]

2017-05-18T13:27:01+00:00 May 18, 2017|Comments Off on Automotive & safe driving tips for Victoria Day long weekend

WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Regina – A former laborer was sentenced May 3 in Saskatoon Provincial Court for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The former claimant pled guilty to going back to work while still receiving income replacement. He was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge and 30 hours community service. The fraud amount has been reimbursed to the WCB. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Details on fraud are available at the WCB’s website, www.wcbsask.com. Suspected fraud can be [...]

2017-05-04T16:37:02+00:00 May 4, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Workplace Violence 5th Highest Cause of Injury in Saskatchewan

Violence responsible for 4% of workplace injuries reported to WCB in 2016 936 claims reported due to violence 2 workplace deaths in 2016 due to violence REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) announced a province-wide initiative today to address workplace injuries due to violence. “Workers shouldn’t go to work and feel threatened by violence,” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). “That’s why the WCB is partnering in this violence prevention initiative.” There were 936 claims reported to the WCB due [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Apr 27, 2017|Comments Off on Workplace Violence 5th Highest Cause of Injury in Saskatchewan

WCB Releases 2016 Operating Results

- Time loss injury rate dropped to 1.86 (per 100 workers) - lowest in 64 years  - Record high number of Saskatchewan workers covered - 420,279  - Maximum Assessable Wage increased to $69,242  - 88 percent of Saskatchewan employers achieved Mission: Zero   REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2016 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. Chair Gord Dobrowolsky said the WCB remains fully funded, with sufficient assets to cover the future costs of all claims in the system at December 31, 2016. “This is the guarantee made to injured workers, that benefits and programs [...]

2018-04-27T10:39:38+00:00 Apr 12, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Releases 2016 Operating Results