Eligible employers to receive 100% of excess surplus in 2016 REGINA, SK – Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced a $281.5 million surplus will be distributed to employers in 2016 as part of the 2015 surplus announced at its annual general meeting in May. At the WCB’s 2015 year end, the funded position was 144.7 per cent, which exceeded the 105 to 120 per cent funding policy target range resulting in a surplus of $281.5 million. The surplus will be distributed to eligible employers in two instalments in July and December of 2016. Chairperson Gordon Dobrowolsky said after [...]
The long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. During the summer months, for example, 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. Automotive & recreation vehicle tips The tires are one of the most important items on a vehicle. Check for adequate tread depth, uneven [...]
WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Video Contest winners. The 2016 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: Workplace Safety: It’s your Job by Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault (teacher Faron Hrynewich), Clavet Composite School, Clavet. Second place: Bad Sitter by Lucille Arndt, Breanna Beals, Nash Brogden, Daniel Carifelle, Eva Desnomie, Erika Madarash, Tanner Miller, Taylor Stasuik and Kieran Zwolinski (teacher Anne Welles), Campus Regina Public (Cochrane), Regina. Third place: One Mistake by Dylan Haussecker and Hunter Martin (teacher Curtis Buhs), Watson School, Watson WorkSafe Saskatchewan judges the video entries based on creativity, originality, production value and [...]
Total Injury and Time Loss Injury rates drop, exceeding year’s targets Number of worker’s covered increases by nearly 3,000 WCB funded position exceeds funding policy range The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2015 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. WCB Chair, Gord Dobrowolsky said the financial results indicate 2015 represented a year of stability and growth for the WCB as the organization continues to focus its efforts on improving processes that will add value to the customer experience. “We’re the first to admit that we have a long way to go as we strive to better serve our [...]
WorkSafe Saskatchewan presented the 2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards today in Regina. 2016 Safe Worker Award 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 2016 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker award winner is Lanny Storey, a journeyperson scaffolder with AREVA Resources Canada Inc., Saskatoon, SK. Lanny designed a change to the work area to eliminate the risk of hazardous gases in the work area. He had an overflow pipe installed to prevent the release of hazardous gas. This change removed the need [...]
Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards Presented Today marks the start of the 19th Annual Compensation Institute, hosted by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Every year since 1997, the WCB has hosted this unique event free of charge for the public and safety professionals around the province. To date, the WCB is still the only jurisdiction nationally to offer the two-day event to provide information to WCB customers on claims management, employer services and the prevention and management of workplace injuries. The WCB draws on feedback from customers to provide information on topics and issues that are important to [...]
In 2016, the maximum assessable earning is $69,242. Employers are asked to provide a payroll estimate at the beginning of the year so the WCB can determine employers’ premiums. The payroll estimate should always be an accurate reflection of what an employer will be paying to their workers in the year.
Improved safety records in 45 out of 50 industry codes result in the lowest average premium rates in three decades. The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) approved the 2016 average employer premium rate for 47,783 employers covered by workers’ compensation and for the ninth consecutive year, rates have dropped. In 2016, the average employer premium decreased from the 2015 level of $1.46 to $1.34, which is an 8.2 per cent decrease.
A former labourer was sentenced today in Saskatoon Provincial Court for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of $22,115.63.