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.
Travel Expense Rates (Appendix in PRO 01/2019)
This procedure was updated to provide the current rates at which WCB staff and clients are to be reimbursed for travel and sustenance expenses incurred while attending to WCB business. As this procedure is based upon rates established by the Public Service Commission (PSC), it is revised each time the PSC revises its travel and sustenance rates. Increases to meal rates are effective March 1, 2020.
Classification Change (POL 01/2020)
The WCB classifies employers based on the nature of their industrial undertaking. When the nature of the employer’s business changes or the business is misclassified, the employer’s industry classification must be adjusted. This policy has been updated to clarify guidelines followed in these situations.
Calculation of Probable Compensation (PRO 02/2020)
Section 2(3) of our 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 income tax deductions, either federally or provincially, or CPP or EI premiums, and these changes become available, the WCB will publish revised sample tables of earnings and incorporate them into the calculation of net earnings loss. Amounts have been revised January 1, 2020. Therefore, we have updated this procedure to include a revised sample table of earnings and probable deductions.
Injuries – Firefighters (POL 03/2020)
Recent amendments to the Act has 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 presumptions now also apply to volunteer firefighters. This policy has been updated to clarify guidelines used to adjudicate cancer and cardiac claims for firefighters.
Safety Associations (POL 04/2019)
The WCB has authority under the Act to provide grants to safety associations formed by employers in any industry for the purpose of injury prevention and workplace safety. Currently, the WCB funds and works cooperatively with seven safety associations to promote injury prevention in a variety of industries. Guidelines for establishing and funding safety associations are approved through WCB policy, which has been updated effective January 1, 2020.
Minimum Average Weekly Earnings (Section 70(5)) – 2020 (PRO 07/2019)
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, 2020, the minimum average weekly earnings will not be less than $690.80.
Minimum Compensation (Section 75) – 2020 (PRO 08/2019)
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, 2020, the minimum compensation will not be less than $518.10 per week, or the actual amount of the worker’s average earnings.
Maximum Wage Rates – 2020 (POL & PRO 09/2019)
Effective January 1, 2020, the maximum wage rates are as follows:
- If the injury date is before January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $62,454.
- If the injury date is on or after January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is $88,906.
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 – 2020 (POL 10/2019)
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 2020 maximum assessable wage rate will be $88,906.
Medication Coverage (POL & PRO 11/2019)
The WCB has the authority to determine the necessity, appropriateness, and sufficiency of medical aid provided to injured workers including medications. The WCB will ensure that injured workers receive appropriate medications that are required to effectively treat, or facilitate recovery from, an accepted work injury or disease. This policy and procedure, effective January 1, 2020, will supersede POL and PRO 10/2011, Reimbursement for Medications. The documents have been updated to clarify coverage of prescription medications and the coverage of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and medical cannabis oil in specific situations when prescribed or authorized by the injured worker’s treating care provider.
Default in Assessment Payment – 2020 (PRO 12/2019)
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, 2020, the annual penalty will be 8% with a monthly rate of 0.67%
Industry Premium Rates – 2020 (POL 13/2019)
This policy is a regular update effective January 1, 2020. In October 2019, a consultation session was held with employers and their associations regarding provisional premium rates. Taking into consideration the feedback received from this meeting, the Board Members have approved the 2020 premium rates as listed in POL 13/2019. The 2020 average premium rate is $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Annual Increase – 2020 (PRO 14/2019)
Section 69 of our Act requires that compensation amounts be adjusted annually by the percentage increase in the consumer price index (CPI). For 2020, where applicable, entitlements will be increased 1.8% due to the CPI increase. This procedure has been updated to note the benefits and allowances that receive CPI adjustments.
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