Employer responsibilities 2018-12-10T11:16:31+00:00

Employer responsibilities

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Pay Employer Premiums
  • Register within 30 days: If you don’t register your business within 30 days, you will be charged an additional 5% of the premiums for each year you should have been registered. The penalty will not be less than $5, nor greater than $500 for each year of non-compliance.
  • File E1 within 5 days: You are required by law to report workplace injuries within five days of being made aware of them. Failure to do so may result in fines or prosecution, or both. Filing an Employer’s Initial Report of injury (E1) is quick and easy online. Late reporting slows down the claims’ process. Prompt reporting helps your worker get the benefits they are entitled to and helps them get them back to work faster.
  • Submit your EPS by February 28: If you file your EPS after the February 28 deadline, you will be charged 5% of the previous year’s actual premium plus 5% for each 30 days until the statement is received, to a maximum of 15%.  In addition, voluntary or optional coverage may be terminated. If the EPS is not returned or is incomplete, the payroll amount may be estimated on your behalf and you may not be eligible for an experience rate discount.
  • Pay your annual premiums on time: Annual premiums are generally paid in two installments – on April 1 and on September 1. If your payment is late, you’ll be charged interest at the Bank of Canada rate as of October 31 of the previous year plus 6%. You can also be charged with the costs of your workers’ injury claims during the time your premium payment is overdue.
  • Provide an adequate payroll estimate: If your actual payroll is higher than the estimated payroll by more than 50%, a 6% underestimate penalty will be charged.  When the actual payroll is less than 50% of the estimated payroll the overestimate credit is given. You can revise your payroll estimate at anytime throughout the year.
  • WCB’s maximum assessable earnings: Under Section 137(2) in The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (Act), the Workers’ Compensation Board is required to set a maximum assessable wage rate for each year. The wage amounts noted below are the maximum wage benefits an injured worker can receive.
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
$65,130 $69,242 $76,086 $82,627 $88,314

Employers only need to report wages for each worker up to the maximum assessable earnings each year. For more information, see the Reporting Assessable Earnings fact sheet. Learn more about the WCB’s maximum assessable earnings here.

  • Obtain clearances for contractors: If you do not obtain clearances for contractor, you could be liable for up to the full amount of the contract.
  • Duty to accommodate: You must make every reasonable attempt to help an injured worker return to the workplace. This may require changes to the job, workstation or, in some cases, finding other temporary duties. You cannot dismiss or treat an employee differently because of an injury or illness. Accommodating injured workers helps them remain a part of the team. It can allow value-added work to get done and it lowers your overall costs. If your injured worker is still at home or in hospital, you have a duty to keep in contact with him or her.
  • Provide a safe workplace: Provide a safe and healthy workplace. Set up safety and injury prevention programs.

We are responsible to provide you and your injured workers with the following services:

  • Provide registered employers with workplace insurance coverage.
  • Assess fair premiums.
  • Educate employers and workers about injury prevention through WorkSafe Saskatchewan  and the WCB’s Prevention department.
  • Help employers develop and implement safety and prevention programs.
  • Determine and provide WCB benefits to injured workers.
  • Provide case management services to facilitate health care and monitor workers’ recovery and return to work.
  • Help employers and workers develop and implement workplace return-to-work programs and individual return-to-work plans to accommodate injured workers, as required by law.
  • Support research to prevent and reduce injuries and occupational diseases.

When a workplace injury happens, The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013, protects both the injured worker and the employer.