Effective date: March 2, 2020
Approved date: April 28, 2020
• All COVID-19 injury claims (full cost relief).
• Existing claims where the worker’s recovery is delayed beyond expected return to work timelines, due to postponed treatment or vocational rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic (partial cost relief).
Policy subject: COVID-19
To provide cost relief to employers during the COVID-19 crisis for specific situations.
COVID-19 injury claim is a communicable disease, as defined in POL 02/2010, Injuries – Communicable Diseases, and for the purposes of this policy, includes:
COVID-19 Injury Claims
Delays in Treatment or Vocational Rehabilitation
i. Claims costs (e.g., earnings loss benefits) paid after the worker’s last medical treatment until
they are able to resume treatment.
ii. Claims costs paid while the worker’s vocational rehabilitation was paused until they are able to resume
For COVID-19 claims as defined above, full cost relief guidelines are effective until such time the situation is no longer considered a global pandemic.
For existing claims where the worker’s recovery is delayed beyond expected return to work timelines due to postponed treatment or vocational rehabilitation during the COVID-19 state of emergency, partial cost relief will be effective until the worker is able to resume treatment or their individualized vocational plan.
The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
Sections 19, 20, 51, 145
(1) New ADM policy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and Saskatchewan’s state of emergency declared on March 18, 2020 which included Public Health Orders that limited public and business services allowed to continue operating (including various health care services).
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