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Suspension of Benefits – Pregnancy
Document number
POL 01/2008

Effective date: February 1, 2008

Application: All pregnant workers.

Policy subject: Termination, reduction or suspension of benefits


To establish guidelines for the suspension of benefits involving pregnant workers.


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  1. Section 100 and 101 of The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the “Act”) authorize the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to suspend, reduce or terminate benefits based upon a worker’s loss of earnings.
  2. POL 15/2016 establishes general guidelines for the suspension of benefits.
  3. To ensure that workers’ rights under The Human Rights Code are respected, it is necessary for WCB to provide a special suspension of benefits policy for those situations involving pregnant workers.


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  1. The payment of earnings loss benefits to the worker will not be suspended in circumstances where the worker’s pregnancy presents a valid medical reason for the delay or interruption of:
    1. Medical or vocational rehabilitation programs intended to help return the worker to productive employment; or
    2. Medical or other appointments related to the treatment or rehabilitation of the worker’s injury.
  2. Notwithstanding the above, in those circumstances where:
    1. The pregnancy and conditions related to the pregnancy are the sole reason for interruption or delay in returning to work (i.e., worker has recovered from work injury); or,
    2. The pregnancy has terminated (i.e., through childbirth) and non-work-related factors cause a delay in treatment or vocational programming,
    earnings loss benefits will be suspended in accordance with POL 15/2016. Up to four weeks will be provided for the worker to access alternate income maintenance plans (i.e., Employment Insurance benefits).
  1. WCB will normally require a medical opinion or certificate to confirm a pregnant worker’s medical condition.
  2. Costs for a period of payment up to four weeks will be charged to the Second Injury and Re-employment Reserve, as will the additional costs incurred for the cessation of a rehabilitation program.

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68, 100, 101

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01 January 2014. References updated in accordance with The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013

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POL 05/2002 Suspension of Benefits – Pregnancy

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