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.
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.
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%