The Policy and Procedure Manual contained on this website is the official policy manual of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board.
The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
Benefits – Long-Term Earnings Loss (POL & PRO 01/2018)
This policy and procedure establish guidelines on determining a worker or dependent spouse’s earning capacity if they are unable to return to suitable productive employment. These documents have been clarified as follows:
- If a worker is subject to the maximum wage rate, adjustments to their earning capacity based on annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases will not exceed annual increases to the maximum wage rate.
- The WCB may consider the worker’s earning capacity to be greater than their actual earnings if the worker leaves suitable productive employment, but not because of the injury.
- When establishing an initial wage base, the WCB only considers earnings from employment in industries covered under the Act and earnings from excluded industries if optional coverage has been purchased for the excluded industry (POL 06/2016, Establishing Initial Wage Base). However, when determining a worker’s earning capacity for long-term earnings loss benefits, the WCB may consider all earnings from covered industries, excluded industries, non-employment income or other earnings potential such as self-employment or other business income.
Benefits – Return to Work (RTW) Interrupted (POL & PRO 02/2018)
Following a work injury, the WCB will assist an injured worker in returning to their pre-injury employment or other suitable productive employment. However, there may be situations where the ability for a worker to RTW is interrupted prior to or following RTW. This policy and procedure establish guidelines for determining earnings loss benefits if a worker’s RTW is interrupted because of a layoff, strike, lockout, termination, weather or state of emergency. These documents clarify that eligibility for ongoing benefits will be based on whether the worker continues to have restrictions because of the work injury and the reason for the interruption.
Employer Audits (POL 03/2018)
A new policy (POL 03/2018) has been approved to outline WCB’s authority to audit employers. This new policy clarifies:
- The purpose of an audit and when an employer may be audited.
- What information an employer must provide during an audit.
- Possible impacts to an employer’s account following an audit (i.e., adjustments to an employer’s payroll and industry classification.)
Maximum Wage Rates – 2019 (POL & PRO 04/2018)
Effective January 1, 2019, the maximum wage rates are as follows:
- If the injury date is before January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $62,038.
- If the injury date is on or after January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $88,314.
Any adjustments in the calculation of loss of earnings because of an increase in the maximum wage rates will occur at the worker’s annual benefit review.
Maximum Assessable Wage Rate – 2019 (POL 05/2018)
Under Section 137(2) of the Act, the WCB is required to set a maximum assessable wage rate for payroll reporting and assessment purposes. The 2019 maximum assessable wage rate will be $88,314.
Industry Premium Rates – 2019 (POL 06/2018)
This policy is a regular annual update effective January 1, 2019. In October 2018, provisional premium rate consultation sessions were held with employers and their associations. Taking into consideration the feedback received from these meetings, the Board members have approved the 2019 premium rates as listed in POL 06/2018. The 2019 average premium is $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll.
Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2019 (PRO 51/2018)
This procedure is an annual update based on the changes to Saskatchewan’s average weekly wage as of June. It establishes the minimum average weekly earnings for workers injured on or after January 1, 1980 and who have been receiving earnings loss compensation for more than 24 months. Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum average weekly earnings will not be less than $686.20.
Minimum Compensation (Section 75) – 2019 (PRO 52/2018)
This procedure is an annual update based on the changes to Saskatchewan’s average weekly wage as of June. In accordance with Section 75 of our Act, this amount is the minimum compensation an injured worker would receive if they are totally unable to work. Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum compensation will not be less than $514.65 per week, or the actual amount of the worker’s average earnings.
Default in Assessment Payment – 2019 (PRO 53/2018)
In accordance with Section 8 of our General Regulations, the Bank of Canada’s interest rate effective October 31st will be added to 6% to calculate the penalty to be applied when an employer fails to pay premiums required by the Act. Effective January 1, 2019, the annual penalty will be 8% with a monthly rate of 0.67%
Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Annual Increase – 2019 (PRO 54/2018)
Section 69 of the Act requires that compensation amounts be adjusted annually by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The basis for any increase is the average of percentage increases in the Regina and Saskatoon All-Items CPI for the 12 months ending on November 30 in each year. For 2019, when applicable, entitlements will be increased 0.8% due to the CPI increase.
Travel Expense Rates (POL & PRO 01/2019)
This policy and procedure establish the current rates at which workers are to be reimbursed for travel and sustenance expenses. The documents have been updated to reflect current process. Rates are included in an appendix attached to the procedure.
Calculation of Probable Compensation (PRO 50/2019)
Section 2(3) of the Act states that WCB must annually establish a table of earnings and probable compensation from employment for the purposes of Section 2(1)(k). When there are any legislated changes to the income tax deductions, either federally or provincially, and these changes become available, the WCB will publish revised sample tables of earnings and incorporate them into the calculation of net earnings loss. Rates have been revised January 1, 2019 and, therefore, the sample table of earnings and probable deductions in the procedure has been updated.