Compensation Institute’s Day Two highlights Return to Work

The annual Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) Compensation Institute wraps up later today. Over 500 participants registered for the second day of this 20th annual event, held at TCU Place in Saskatoon this year. Today’s sessions offer diverse learning opportunities, with the emphasis on return to work. Speakers from Canada, the United States and Germany speak on various aspects of return-work-programs: What you need to know to develop a return-to-work program Return-to-work barriers: Identifying, mitigating and removing hidden obstacles Evolution of return to work and disability management Understand an international perspective on effective injury prevention and return to work “For [...]

Mar 21, 2017|Comments Off on Compensation Institute’s Day Two highlights Return to Work

20th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

2017 marks a milestone for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) Compensation Institute. Over 500 participants are attending the 20th annual event at TCU Place in Saskatoon today and tomorrow. For the last 20 years, the WCB has hosted this unique educational event free of charge for the public and safety professionals around Saskatchewan. The WCB is still the only jurisdiction nationally to offer the two-day event that provides information to WCB customers on claims management, employer services and the prevention and management of workplace injuries. When the WCB started Compensation Institute in 1997, the goal was to give participants [...]

Mar 20, 2017|Comments Off on 20th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

Saskatchewan’s 2016 workplace time loss injury rate lowest in 64 years

Total injury rate drops 11.9% from 2015 • Total injury rate 5.55% • Time Loss injury rate 1.86% • 85.7% of rate codes have a lower total injury rate than in 2015 • 88% of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries • Saskatchewan 3rd-highest in Canada for workplace injuries The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) officially released its 2016 injury rates. The total workplace injury rate for 2016 was 5.55 percent, an 11.9 percent drop from 2015, and a significant decrease from 2008 when the total injury rate was 10.21 percent. The Time Loss injury rate decreased from 2.07 percent to [...]

Mar 14, 2017|Comments Off on Saskatchewan’s 2016 workplace time loss injury rate lowest in 64 years

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to recognize psychological injury

How can people with psychological injuries such as PTSD apply for Workers’ Compensation? If a person has incurred a psychological injury through a traumatic event or series of traumatic events at work, the injured worker should submit a Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1) with the WCB as soon as possible. Workers with psychological injuries such as PTSD should take the following steps: Get medical attention if you need it. You should receive appropriate treatment from a qualified health care professional. Report the incident to your employer immediately. Have your psychologist or psychiatrist report to the WCB. Psychological injuries must be [...]

Jan 17, 2017|Comments Off on Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to recognize psychological injury

WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Regina – A former equipment operator was sentenced today in Regina Provincial Court for defrauding the WCB of $80,000.00. The former claimant pled guilty to going back to work while still receiving income replacement. He was sentenced to a two year less a day Conditional Sentence Order. He is to adhere to a curfew of 11pm to 6am for the first six months. A Restitution Order and victim’s surcharge were also imposed. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. [...]

Dec 20, 2016|Comments Off on WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

WCB’s 2017 Assessable Earnings

In 2017, the maximum assessable earning is $76,086. Employers are asked to provide a payroll estimate at the beginning of the year so the WCB can determine employers’ premiums. The payroll estimate should always be an accurate reflection of what an employer will be paying to their workers in the year. Employers only need to report wages for each worker up to the maximum assessable earnings each year. For example, if you have a worker who receives a T4 for $100,000, you are only required to report $76,086 for that worker. Make sure that this estimate is always current because [...]

Dec 13, 2016|Comments Off on WCB’s 2017 Assessable Earnings

WCB Approves 2017 Employer Premium Rates – Saskatchewan rates expected to be third lowest in the country

REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) approved the 2017 average employer premium rate for 48,357 employers covered by workers’ compensation. Employer premium rates have dropped from the 2016 average rate of $1.34 to $1.24, which is a 7.5 percent decrease. WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said, “Our 2017 average premium rate is the lowest rate in over thirty years and makes us the third lowest in the country. This is good news. However, our goal is not to have the lowest premium rates. Our goal is to remain fully funded in order to protect employers and meet the [...]

Dec 5, 2016|Comments Off on WCB Approves 2017 Employer Premium Rates – Saskatchewan rates expected to be third lowest in the country

WCB proposes drop in 2017 premium rates

7.5 percent decrease from last year makes it lowest rate in over thirty years (since 1986) 2017 proposed average premium rate drops to $1.24, from 2016’s $1.34 rate Improved safety performance attributed for 10th straight year of lowered rates Saskatchewan’s 2017 proposed average premium rate may be third lowest in Canada REGINA, SK - Oct 18, 2017 – For the 10th year, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has proposed a drop in its 2017 average premium rate, from $1.34 to $1.24 per hundred dollars of payroll. The announcement was made today in Regina at the WCB’s annual Rate Setting [...]

Oct 18, 2016|Comments Off on WCB proposes drop in 2017 premium rates

2015 OHS INSPECTIONS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES RAISE SAFETY CONCERNS

48% compliance with wearing protective headgear on sites 50% of workers trained in fall protection plan 41% use fall protection REGINA, SK: In September 2013, Kurt Ferguson was only 22 years old the day his construction career ended. He was crossing the floor of the house he and his crew were building in Moose Jaw when he stepped into an unguarded hole cut for stairs and plummeted into the unfinished basement. A piece of rebar pierced him under the right arm, shattering two vertebrae, and injuring his spine before exiting beside his left ear. “I tried shouting but I couldn’t [...]

Aug 17, 2016|Comments Off on 2015 OHS INSPECTIONS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES RAISE SAFETY CONCERNS

The WCB to distribute excess surplus to employers

Eligible employers to receive 100% of excess surplus in 2016 REGINA, SK – Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced a $281.5 million surplus will be distributed to employers in 2016 as part of the 2015 surplus announced at its annual general meeting in May. At the WCB’s 2015 year end, the funded position was 144.7 percent, which exceeded the 105 to 120 percent funding policy target range resulting in a surplus of $281.5 million. The surplus will be distributed to eligible employers in two instalments in July and December of 2016. Chairperson Gordon Dobrowolsky said after seeking input [...]

Jun 29, 2016|Comments Off on The WCB to distribute excess surplus to employers