Adjusting Original Wage – Injuries Before 1980
Effective date: May 1, 2015
Approved date: March 16, 2015
Application: Workers under the age of 65 on January 1, 1983, injured prior to January 1, 1980, that qualify for earnings loss entitlement after January 1, 1983 and are under the age of 65.
Policy subject: Benefits - General
To show how to adjust the original wage base of a worker injured before 1980.
Average weekly wage is determined by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for a calendar year. The average weekly wage is Saskatchewan’s industrial composite wage published by Statistics Canada as of June of the preceding year (Section 2).
Original wage means the worker’s wage at the time of injury.
Section 76 of The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the “Act”) allows the WCB to adjust a worker’s original wage if the worker:
- Suffers an injury before 1980.
- Is under age 65 in 1983, and
- Receives earnings loss benefits on or after January 1, 1983.
- From the year of injury to 1979, the WCB will increase the original wage by the percentage change in the average weekly wage.
- On the date of injury each year after 1979, the WCB will increase the original wage by changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
Sections 2(1)(b), 69(2), 72, 76, 95
(1) January 1, 2014. References updated in accordance with The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
(2) POL 24/83, Annual Review of Former Act Workers (effective to April 30, 2015).
PRO 03/2015 Adjusting Original Wage – Injuries Before 1980
PRO 15/2020 Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Annual Increase
POL 07/2013 Consumer Price Index (CPI) – Annual Indexing
POL 07/2020 Maximum Wage Rates
PRO 07/2020 Maximum Wage Rates
POL 22/2016 Offset of Canada or Quebec Pension Plan Disability Benefits
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