The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
Wage Base – Recurrence (POL & PRO 18/2017)
This policy and procedure provide guidelines for setting a wage base for workers who suffer a recurrence of a previously compensable work injury following their return to work. These documents, effective February 1st, supersede POL 06/80, Compensation Rate – Recurrence.
These updated documents clarify when a recurrent wage base should be established. Staff will determine if the worker has returned to work long enough to demonstrate they were able to manage the full requirements of employment. A new corresponding procedure is approved to explain how WCB staff will determine if a worker’s current symptoms are a recurrence of their original compensable injury or if it should be considered a new injury. The procedure also clarifies how staff will calculate the recurrent wage base.
Industry Premium Rates – 2018 (POL 17/2017)
This policy is a regular annual update effective January 1, 2018. In October 2017, 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 2018 premium rates as listed in POL 17/2017. The 2018 average premium is $1.19 per hundred dollars of payroll.
Default in Assessment Payment – 2018 (PRO 58/2017)
In accordance with Section 8 of our General Regulations, a penalty will be applied when an employer fails to pay premiums as required by our Act. This penalty is equal to the Bank of Canada’s bank rate effective October 31st plus 6%. Effective January 1, 2018, the annual penalty rate will be 7.25% with a monthly rate of 0.60%.
Calculation of Net Compensation Payable (PRO 59/2017)
Section 2(3) of the Act states the WCB must annually establish a schedule setting out a table of earnings and probable compensation from employment for the purposes of Section 2(1)(k). Therefore, 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 example tables of earnings and probable compensation.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Annual Increase (PRO 60/2017)
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 2018, when applicable, entitlements will be increased 3.9% due to the CPI increase.
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