The following administrative policies were updated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The following policy and procedures were recently revised or introduced. All references to the “Act” are to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
Communicable Diseases – Adverse Reaction to Immunization (PRO 08/2021)
POL and PRO 02/201, Injuries – Communicable Diseases, establish guidelines for adjudicating communicable disease injury claims. In accordance with this policy, if immunization is required by the employer for the prevention of a communicable disease, and as a result of an adverse reaction (e.g., allergic) to this compulsory immunization the worker is medically required to be absent from employment, the WCB will consider the reaction and its consequences to be a work-related injury and is compensable. A new procedure, PRO 08/2021, has been approved to provide supplementary adjudicative advice when considering injury claims for adverse reactions to a vaccination for a communicable disease.
If covered by the Act, employers are required to report assessable earnings and pay premiums based on the payroll assessment. A new policy and procedure have been approved to outline premium payment requirements for all employers, including payment due dates. This new policy also authorizes alternate payment schedules for employers on a case-by-case basis.
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