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 [...]
The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) today proposed a 3.3 percent drop to its 2014 average premium rate, from $1.51 to $1.46 per hundred dollars of payroll. The announcement was made today in Regina at a WCB Rate Setting consultation meeting with Saskatchewan business and labour leaders. The rate reduction is the eighth straight drop to the average premium rate and the lowest rate proposal since 1986. Saskatchewan’s preliminary 2015 average employer premium is 28.8 percent below the twelve year high of $2.05 in 2004. The 2015 rate proposal means that Saskatchewan could have the fourth lowest average premium rate [...]
A former mine laborer was sentenced on May 1, 2014 in Wynyard Provincial Court for defrauding the WCB of $6,322.68. The former claimant pled guilty to deceiving the WCB in order to receive income replacement. He was sentenced to a 15 month conditional sentence, 75 hours of community service and was ordered to pay full restitution. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Suspected fraud can be reported toll-free at 1-877-595-2541 or email email@example.com.
• Providing Excellent Service; Fully Funded • Meeting Objectives; Achieving Injury Prevention • A Stable and Sustainable Compensation System Delivering service excellence and prudent management practices are the dominant themes at the WCB’s 2014 Annual General Meeting, being held this morning at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon and May 7 in Regina. Nearly 100 interested stakeholders, representing business as well as business and labour organizations, are expected to attend either the Saskatoon or Regina AGM. WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky says the Saskatchewan WCB was one of the first in Canada to hold an AGM. “Our stakeholders have a high [...]
Starting in May, when an employer visits our Saskatoon office and asks to speak to someone from Employer Services, they will be directed to a conference room and then connected with an Employer Service Representative via phone. This process will allow the customer to get the service they need quickly and efficiently. If the customer needs a document like a clearance or a Statement of Account, they will be able to pick it up at the reception area once they are done. Customers can visit the reception area in Saskatoon to: Drop off forms like Employer Payroll Statements (EPS), Payroll [...]
The Government of Saskatchewan has amended the Workers’ Compensation Act Exclusion Regulations to include mandatory WCB coverage for amateur coaches and instructors, and substitute teachers in the province. As of March 6, 2014 Saskatchewan’s substitute teachers and amateur coaches and instructors now have access to the WCB’s compensation benefits and services if they are injured on the job. This includes wage replacement, medical and hospital treatment, and vocational rehabilitation if needed. It also provides these employers and workers protection from lawsuits if an injury happens. As a result of this amendment, impacted employers must revise their 2014 payroll estimate to [...]
Return to Work Rate Goes Up Average Claim Duration Goes Down Injury Rates Continue to Fall Remains Fully Funded The WCB’s 2013 Annual Report has been tabled in the provincial legislature. WCB Chair Gord Dobrowolsky said that last year’s operating results were positive for injured workers and employers. “Workers expect that their guarantee of benefits and services will be honoured if they get hurt,” Dobrowolsky said. “Employers expect that we will be effective and efficient in the administration of the compensation system. Our 2013 results show that we continue to meet their expectations very well.” Dobrowolsky added that continuing declines [...]
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The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Institute Day 2 agenda features keynote luncheon speaker Ms. Shirley Hickman, co-founder of Threads of Life. Shirley will share her personal story of workplace tragedy and how it forever changed her family. Ms. Hickman is one of the co-founders of The Threads of Life organization is dedicated to helping Canadian families as they heal from workplace tragedy and life-altering illness. The day also features Dylan Short, Managing Director of Redlands Group, providing an overview of CSA Z1001 OHS training standards and framework. “Every year when planning Compensation Institute we focus on bringing in a range of [...]