Effective date: March 2, 2020
Applies to the following with injury dates March 2, 2020 to December 31, 2021 inclusive:
• 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.
December 31, 2021
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
For COVID-19 claims as defined above, full cost relief guidelines are effective for claims with injury dates March 2, 2020 to December 31, 2021 inclusive.
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 initial COVID-19 state of emergency (which ended July 11, 2021), 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) December 6, 2021. Board approved housekeeping changes to clarify cost relief applies for COVID-19 claims with injury dates between March 2, 2020 and December 31, 2021 inclusive ends.
(2) October 7, 2021. WCB Board approves end date of December 31, 2021 for cost relief for accepted COVID-19 work injury claims.
(3) August 22, 2021. Saskatchewan state of emergency ended July 11, 2021. Cost relief provided for delays in treatment or vocational rehabilitation ended.
(4) August 12, 2021. Board Special Meeting during which the Board determined to end COVID-19 injury claim cost relief effective December 31, 2021 now that vaccines are readily available and vaccination or negative testing policies are now in place for many Saskatchewan employers.
(5) 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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