LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2019
Dec.: There was just one reported OHS fine this month:
|$80K||Prairie Crane Inc.||Worker serious injures his arm and pelvis when scissor lift he’s operating is struck by an overhead crane, knocking the lift to the ground||Failure to fail to ensure that no worker is permitted to perform work unless he/she is trained and has sufficient experience to perform the work safely and compliantly or he/she is under close and competent supervision|
March 15: Semi-truck drivers will need a minimum of 121.5 hours of training to qualify for a Class 1 commercial licence in Sask. Existing Class 1 drivers will be grandfathered in as of the implementation date. Drivers will also need an “F” endorsement on their existing licence to operate a semi for farming operations.
Dec. 5: The Assembly tabled Private Member Bill 614 giving employees up to 5 days of paid domestic violence leave. The twist: Employers could require employees to use up their paid sick leave benefits before taking paid leave for domestic violence.
Dec. 4: A new bill would add 6 new cancers to the list of occupational diseases presumed work-related for firefighters: prostate, skin, breast, ovarian, cervical and multiple myeloma. The bill would also increase the number of WCB members to 7, including:
- 1 full-time chairperson
- 2 full-timers (1 worker + 1 employer rep)
- 4 part-timers (2 worker + 2 employer reps).
Workers’ Comp Rates
Jan. 1: The average rate for 2019 is $1.17 per $100 assessable payroll, 2¢ less than last year. But 57.5% of employers will actually pay more this year with only 42.5% getting a cut or the same rates. The 2019 rates complete the transition to the enhanced rate model first implemented in 2018. Maximum Assessable Earnings are $88,314 ($62,034 for injuries occurring before Jan. 1, 2014), as opposed $82,627 last year.
Workers’ Comp Audits
Dec.: New policy POL 03/2018 outlines the WCB’s employer audit powers including when and for what purposes an audit may be done, the information the employer must provide during the audit and the potential payroll and industry classification adjustments that may be made after the audit.
Dec. 5: Royal Assent for Bill 132, aka, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, to implement the province’s so called “Prairie Resilience” climate change plan. Key changes:
- GHG emissions reductions based on emissions intensity and in comparison to an established baseline
- Establishment of new Climate Change Advisory Council
- Creation of provincial technology fund
- Recognition of both performance and offset credits.