The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. For some, the May long weekend also marks the start of the camping season. 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. Here are some other helpful tips: Automotive & Recreation Vehicle Tips: (www.caask.ca/car-care-tips) [...]
The WCB's Regina and Saskatoon offices will be closed on Victoria Day (Monday, May 18). We resume regular hours of operation on Tuesday, May 19. Get online claim status 24x7 at myaccount.wcbsask.com. From everyone at the WCB, have a safe May long weekend.
The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is holding its Annual General Meeting today in Regina at the Queensbury Centre and tomorrow at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon. WCB Chairperson, Gord Dobrowolsky said he is eager to share the positive 2014 financial results. “The WCB remains fully funded, with sufficient assets to cover the future costs of all claims in the system at December 31, 2014. This is the guarantee made to injured workers, that benefits and programs would be available when a workplace injury occurs. It also fulfills our commitment to employers that the system will be run effectively [...]
Total Injury and Time Loss Injury Rates decrease Number of claims reported down for 3rd consecutive year WCB funded position exceeds target range Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2014 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature. WCB Chair Gord Dobrowolsky said last year’s operating results are a positive indicator of the organization’s continued dedication to improving service to workers and employers in Saskatchewan. “Our compensation system is based on a historic compromise which guarantees the protection of both injured workers and their employers,” Dobrowolsky said. “For injured workers this system guarantees certain benefits and services and for employers [...]
BC Keynote Speaker addresses combustible dust incidents Today marks the second day of the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’stwo-day annual Compensation Institute. The conference’s keynote speaker Mr. Dale Walker, Director of the Industry and Labour Services Division, WorkSafe BC will share lessons learned from the two 2012 saw mill tragedies in Northern BC that injured 42 and claimed the lives of 4 workers. Walker will discuss details and preventative measures that resulted from these two combustible dust incidents. “Each year the Compensation Institute is an important learning experience for participants and for WCB staff. It provides an excellent opportunity for two-way [...]
Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) officially released its 2014 injury rates. The data indicates a further decrease in the overall workplace injury rate despite an increase in the number of workers. In 2014, there were 402,894 Saskatchewan workers covered by WCB, over 4,000 more workers than the previous year. The WCB’s Vice President of Prevention, Phil Germain, agrees that while more work must be done to bring our injury rates down, the progress made over the past decade is very encouraging. “Last year, our Total injury rate in Saskatchewan was 7.80 percent. We set a goal for 2014 [...]
Over 375 people are registered to attend the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) 18th Annual Compensation Institute today at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Each year the WCB holds this unique event free of charge for stakeholders, safety professionals, health care providers and other interested parties from around the province. The Saskatchewan WCB is the only jurisdiction to offer the two-day event which provides information on claims management, employer services and the prevention and management of workplace injuries. “Our goal when we started Compensation Institute 18 years ago was to give participants the ability to learn about the Saskatchewan workers’ compensation [...]
The following are the WCB's office hours during the Christmas holidays for both our Regina and Saskatoon locations: Wednesday, December 24: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 25: Closed Friday, December 26: Closed Monday, December 29: 8:00 a.m. to 4:47 p.m. Tuesday, December 30: 8:00 a.m. to 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, December 31: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 1: Closed Friday, January 2: Closed We resume regular hours of operation on Monday, January 5, 2015. Get online claim status 24x7 at myaccount.wcbsask.com. From everyone at the WCB, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe 2015!
The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) approved the 2015 average employer premium rate for 47,069 employers covered by workers’ compensation. In 2015, the average employer premium will decrease from the 2014 level of $1.51 to $1.46, a 3.3% decrease. The 2015 average WCB premium will be the lowest in twenty-nine years. WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said it is the lowest rate schedule approved since 1986. “Better safety performance records in 33 industry rate codes have resulted in lower 2015 premium rates for 37,060 employers. The decreases range from 0.5% to 14.5%. The average decrease is 5.4%.” In October, the WCB [...]
Recently the WCB approved a policy called “Coverage – Directors” (Policy 14-2014). This is a new policy that provides mandatory coverage for all directors carried on payroll. Under the new policy, a director who is reporting employment income on a Canada Revenue Agency T4 income tax slip is considered a worker and is required to have WCB coverage. This change is effective January 1, 2015. Any changes to coverage for directors can be made on the annual Employer’s Payroll Statement (EPS). All EPS Forms are due February 28! The policy becomes effective on November 1st for new businesses that register [...]