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Maximum Wage Rates
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PRO 07/2020

Effective date: January 1, 2020

Approved date: November 19, 2019

Last updated: January 1, 2020

Application: Applies to all injury claims.

Policy subject: Benefits - General

Purpose:

To provide guidelines for adjusting the maximum wage rates.

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Policy POL 07/2020, Maximum Wage Rates – 2021, has been approved which implements the maximum wage rates and annual adjustments.

PROCEDURE

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Maximum Wage Rate Annual Adjustments

  1. Increases to the maximum wage rates are calculated using Saskatchewan’s average weekly wage (AWW) published by Statistics Canada.
  2. For injuries sustained prior to January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate is increased annually in accordance with the percentage increase in the AWW.
    1. WCB will calculate the percentage increase using the following formula:
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    2. If the average weekly wage for the current year is less than the average weekly wage for the previous year, there will be no adjustment.
  3. For injuries sustained on or after January 1, 2014, the maximum wage rate will be increased annually to equal 165% of the AWW.
  4. The adjusted maximum wage rates will be rounded to the nearest dollar.


Benefits and Annual Review Adjustments

  1. An injured worker’s wage loss benefits at the commencement of loss will be based on the worker’s gross earnings prior to the commencement of loss of earnings (POL 06/2016, Establishing Initial Wage Base) and will not exceed the maximum wage rate in effect when the injury occurred
  2. Workers with an injury date prior to January 1, 2014, will not qualify for the 2021 maximum of $63,995 until their anniversary date of commencement of loss.
  3. \Workers with an injury date on or after January 1, 2014 will not qualify for the 2021 maximum of $91,100 until their anniversary date of commencement of loss.
  4. When calculating average weekly earnings for recurrent injuries that were initially sustained prior to January 1, 2014, the earnings will be subject to the maximum in effect during the year of the recurrence (see Table B or C below, subject to original injury date).

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Legislative Authority

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The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013
Sections 2(1)(b), 2(1)(u), 37, 69, 72, 182

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Document History

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(1)    POL and PRO 09/2019, Maximum Wage Rates – 2020 (effective January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020).
(2)    POL and PRO 04/2018, Maximum Wage Rates – 2019 (effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019).
(3)    POL and PRO 15/2017, Maximum Wage Rates – 2018 (effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018).
(4)    POL and PRO 20/2016, Maximum Wage Rates – 2017 (effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017).
(5)    POL and PRO 08/2015, Maximum Wage Rates – 2016 (effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016).
(6)    POL and PRO 17/2014, Maximum Wage Rates – 2015 (effective January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015).
(7)    POL and PRO 25/2013, Maximum Wage Rates – 2014 (effective January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014).
(8)    POL 02/2003, Section 38.1 – Maximum Wage Rate (effective January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2014).
(9)    POL 14/2012, Compensation Rate – Maximum – Section 38 (effective January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013).

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