WCB’s Employer Relief Measures

COVID-19 response

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The Government of Saskatchewan announced various measures to support provincial businesses and workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is introducing relief measures for employers who are unable to pay their WCB premium payments. To provide further relief for Saskatchewan employers, the WCB is:

  • Waiving penalties and interest charges for late premium payments from April 1 until June 30, 2020. This three month period of waived charges is similar to other Boards’ relief measures.
  • Forgiving interest and penalties for late payments applied in the month of March.
  • Prioritizing employer payroll revisions to help employers reduce their premiums.
  • Suspending payroll audits until further notice except in situations where an employer may be eligible for a refund.

Employers that are able to make premium payments are encouraged to do so. Employers who have concerns about paying their 2020 premiums should contact the WCB to discuss their options.

What is the Saskatchewan WCB doing to assist employers?

Due to COVID-19, many employers are unable to submit their premium payments. Therefore, to provide further relief for all Saskatchewan employers, penalties and interest charges for late premium payments will be waived effective April 1 until June 30, 2020. This will be monitored continuously as the situation evolves.

Why are payments not being waived as in other provinces?

Most WCBs have instituted a three-month waiving of premiums, similar to what the Saskatchewan WCB is implementing. To date, only one province has deferred premiums for 2020.

The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the Act) requires the WCB to maintain an Injury Fund sufficient to finance its activities and other obligations under the Act. The WCB is to be fully funded at all times.

Should I pay my 2020 premiums at this time?

Employers who are able to pay their premiums at this time are encouraged to pay their WCB premiums on a timely basis.

I’ve already paid my 2020 premiums, but I am now encountering financial hardship. What should I do?

Employers who have reduced their workforce are encouraged to submit revisions to their 2020 assessable payroll estimates, which the WCB will use to recalculate their required premiums. You can submit revisions to your payroll through your online account. You can register for an account at:
https://myaccount.wcbsask.com/online-services

If you do not have an online account, and do not wish to register for one please contact us at:

Email:  employerservices@wcbsask.com
Phone: 1.800.667.7590 Option 2

My expected payroll for 2020 has significantly changed from when I submitted my EPS.  What should I do?

Employers who have reduced their workforce are encouraged to submit revisions to their 2020 assessable payroll estimates, which will be used to recalculate their required premiums. The easiest way to do this is through your WCB online account (information on setting up a WCB online account is included at the bottom).  If you do not have an employer account, please contact us at:

Email:  employerservices@wcbsask.com
Phone: 1.800.667.7590 Option 2

How will clearance letters on unpaid accounts be handled?

To ensure employers are able to release payment to their contractors promptly during this period, clearance letters will be available for employers that meet specific criteria, even in cases where the contractor’s WCB account has not been paid. Employers will not be liable for any outstanding WCB premiums that the contractor owes.

Why are late payments only being waived until June?  What if situations regarding the pandemic have not changed in Saskatchewan by that time?

Based on the analysis completed, the WCB recommends that late payment interest be waived for all employers effective April 1 until June 30, 2020. This will be monitored continuously as the situation evolves.

This timeframe will allow employers time to:

  • Revise and communicate revised payroll estimates to the Saskatchewan WCB.
  • Discuss their situation with the WCB and determine appropriate payment plan options if they can’t meet predetermined WCB deadlines.

Is the Saskatchewan WCB doing anything else to assist employers?

To provide further relief for Saskatchewan employers, while balancing its financial obligations, the WCB will:

  • Forgive interest and penalties for late payments applied in the month of March
  • Prioritize employer payroll revisions to help employers reduce their premiums.
  • Suspend payroll audits until further notice except in situations where an employer may be eligible for a refund.

How should I contact Saskatchewan WCB if I have further questions, or would like to discuss my premium payments, or employer payroll?

Please contact us at:

Email:  employerservices@wcbsask.com
Phone: 1.800.667.7590 Option 2

What is the best way to submit this information?

As our offices are currently closed to the public, we encourage employers to sign up for a WCB online account.  You can register for a WCB online account at the following link:

https://myaccount.wcbsask.com/online-services