Frequently asked questions for employers on COVID-19

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COVID-19 – questions and answers

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A: If a situation meets the criteria listed in WCB policy, Injuries – Communicable Disease (POL 02/2010), such as a worker who is at greater risk of contracting the virus than the general public, and they lose time from work after contracting the virus, a claim should be submitted. If the claims is accepted as a confirmed work-related COVID-19 claim, you will receive cost relief for all costs associated with the claim. Read WCB policy, COVID-19 Response – Cost Relief (ADM POL 04/2020).

A: Yes, however as COVID-19 can be transmitted through contact in the community, workplace or home, non-workplace exposures would need to be assessed and ruled-out.

A: No. Only time-loss cases need to be reported to Saskatchewan-WCB. If a worker is exposed to the virus, but does not develop any symptoms, the incident should be recorded for your internal records, but no claim needs to be filed.

A: No. If there is no illness, there is no claim, and therefore no requirement to report to WCB.

A: Like any other claim, the WCB will adjudicate based on the specific merits of this claim. We will determine whether exposure to the virus arose out of the course of employment, and was caused by an employment hazard. If a claim is accepted, coverage will be extended for medical aid and lost wages.

A: If the vaccination was a compulsory requirement or condition of your worker's employment, an allergic reaction to the vaccination may be considered a work-related injury and an injury claim should be submitted.

Examples of situations when it might be considered a work-related injury include, but are not limited to:

  • The employer advises the worker that they cannot work unless they have the vaccination.
  • The worker is required to be vaccinated as directed through employer policy, the employer’s human resource guidelines, employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements.
  • It is communicated and/or understood by the worker that refusing a vaccine could result in changes to their hours of work, location work or nature of job duties, and that they will be unable to access available extra shifts or duties.

Read the WCB procedure, Communicable Diseases - Adverse Reactions to Immunization (PRO 08/2021) for more information.

A: On July 11, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan removed the public health orders related to COVID-19 and lifted the state of emergency for the province.  Employers have two weeks within which to schedule an employee who has been on a temporary layoff back to work, or provide pay instead of notice as required by The Employment Standards Regulations.

Effective August 22, 2021, your workers’ eligibility for ongoing compensation benefits will be based on whether the worker continues to have restrictions because of the work injury. Cost relief for RTW plans interrupted by the COVID-19 state of emergency will no longer be applied.

Read the WCB policy, Benefits – Return to Work (RTW) Interrupted (POL 02/2018) for more information.

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COVID-19 and the workplace

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The WCB continues to monitor the impact in Saskatchewan of COVID-19. Our top priority is the health of all our staff, customers and our partners and as such, we follow the guidance of public health officials both provincially and federally on precautionary steps to ensure everyone’s well-being.

Please follow Saskatchewan government guidelines to protect yourself and your family.