Determination of a Worker’s Daily Rate of Benefits
Effective date: January 1, 2011
Application: All claims on and after the effective date.
Policy subject: Benefits for Workers - Initial benefits
To establish the process by which the WCB converts a worker’s weekly compensation rate to a daily compensation rate.
- The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved policy that provides direction around the process required to determine a worker’s daily rate of benefits.
- The following procedure provides guidance for the implementation of the policy.
- To determine the number of days worked in a seven day period, and whether the rest days are regular, repeating cycle or irregular, Operations staff that have the designated authority to make payments on behalf of the WCB may use Calendar Worksheets to establish the shift rotations and rest days for injured workers.
- Regardless of whether the worker has regular, repeating cycle or irregular rest days, a worker’s daily rate of benefits can be determined with the following formula:
- If benefits are initially paid based on a predetermined schedule of rest days, and at some point subsequent to injury the employer is no longer able to supply an ongoing list of rest days, the payment of benefits will be converted to a daily rate that represents a seven day work week.
- In cases where a worker’s rest days are not based on a predetermined schedule and the agreement of hire calls for the worker to work a fluctuating work week based on the amount of work available or weather conditions, the payment of benefits will be based on a daily rate that represents a seven day work week.
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