The following information is to assist employers in determining their responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that you have many questions surrounding coverage, reporting responsibilities and process. Most instances of COVID-19 are not work-related and do not need to be reported to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). However, there are some exceptions. Claims submitted for COVID-19 contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.
When COVID-19 may be work-related
A worker may be entitled to compensation if there is a confirmed link between the workers exposure and their employment and they contract COVID-19. Based on WCB policy, Injuries – Communicable Disease (POL 02/2010), the following conditions must be met:
- There is confirmed exposure to the disease in the workplace.
- The time period that the illness is contracted is in close proximity to the confirmed workplace exposure.
- The nature of employment creates a greater risk of exposure for the worker than to the general population.
Examples of claims that may be accepted
Outbreak in the workplace: A worker, whose place of employment has had other employees test positive for COVID-19, is at a greater risk of contracting the virus and may have an acceptable claim.
Acute care hospital worker: A worker providing treatment to patients for COVID-19. As this worker is at greater risk than the general public, they may have an acceptable claim.
Retail worker: A worker, working with the general public, interacts with a customer who has been confirmed as having contracted COVID-19, may have an acceptable claim.
Frequently asked questions for employers on COVID-19
For more information, read the frequently asked questions for employers on COVID-19.