News from our Members

  • WCB PEI – Employer Survey Underway September 24, 2021

    The Workers Compensation Board’s biennial Employer Survey is now underway.

    The telephone survey is being conducted by an independent research firm, Narrative Research, who will ask our clients about their satisfaction with our programs and services. Participation is entirely voluntary and confidential.

    The survey is one way the WCB gathers feedback from our stakeholders, so that we can continue to improve how we serve Island workers and employers. For the results of previous surveys, please visit the Stakeholder Surveys section of the WCB website.

    For questions on this survey contact: Jenny White, Information Specialist, jrwhite@wcb.pe.ca or 902-368-6368.

    Media Contact:
    Laura Steeves, Senior Communications Coordinator
    902-894-0362 or news@wcb.pe.ca
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  • WorkPlaceNL: Soft-tissue injuries account for the majority of all workplace lost-time injury claims in the workplace September 21, 2021

    Over the past five years, musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), or soft-tissue injuries, have accounted for 68 per cent of WorkplaceNL lost-time injury claims and $96 million in annual claim cost. MSIs such as sprains, strains, and inflammation may be caused or aggravated by work, but can be prevented.

    September 19-25 is Move Well – Work Well Week; an annual event aimed at raising awareness of these injuries and finding practical solutions for preventing them.

    “Soft-tissue injuries can significantly impact our work lives and many other daily activities,” said the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL. “Move Well – Work Well Week is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and to educate ourselves on the importance of taking steps to prevent injuries, at work and in everything we do.”

    “MSIs can impact every aspect of a worker’s daily life,” said Dennis Hogan, CEO, WorkplaceNL. “Move Well – Work Well Week highlights the importance of moving instead of being sedentary, and practicing good body mechanics, so that you can stay healthy, productive and comfortable at work and at home.”

    On average, MSIs in Newfoundland and Labrador account for:

    • 68 per cent of all claims involving lost time from work
    • 71 per cent of all costs related to lost-time claims
    • 76 per cent of all lost-time weeks from work
    • $96 M annual claims costs

    WorkplaceNL is encouraging organizations across the province to participate in Move Well – Work Well Week. For ideas and resources, visit workplacenl.ca.

    Related Documents

    Move Well – Work Well resources for workplaces

    Musculoskeletal Injury resources

    About WorkplaceNL

    Serving approximately 215,000 workers and 18,000 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault workers’ compensation system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

    Media contacts:

    Carla Riggs, WorkplaceNL

    709.778.1590 or carla.riggs@workplacenl.ca

    Source: WorkPlaceNL

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  • WorkSafeNB releases 2022 assessment rates August 12, 2021

    Fewer workplace accidents, better rehabilitation and return-to-work outcomes, and an improved financial position have resulted in a significantly reduced assessment rate for 2022, WorkSafeNB announced today at its Annual General Meeting.

    WorkSafeNB set its 2022 provisional average assessment rate at $1.69 per $100 of assessable payroll, a 22% reduction from the 2021 rate of $2.17. The 2022 assessment rate is based on the 2020 year-end audited financial statements, a year in which the COVID-19 virus swept in and dramatically changed how we live and interact with others.

    “Never has the health and safety of families, friends, co-workers and customers been more front and centre in our everyday lives than it was in 2020,” said Doug Jones, WorkSafeNB’s President and CEO. “The attention and dedication to healthy and safe workplaces by our province’s workers, employers, unions, and the government has continued a 10-year trend of improving the lost-time injury frequency in New Brunswick. Improved workplace safety results, combined with better return-to-work outcomes for injured workers, and a strong financial position has allowed WorkSafeNB to announce a reduced provincial assessment rate that is now comparable to the Canadian average assessment rate.”

    The 2020 net income of $252 million builds on the 2019 net income of $312 million, representing a stark turnaround from the losses of $271 million and $134 million incurred in 2018 and 2017, respectively.  Similarly, WorkSafeNB’s funded position, the ratio of assets required to fund future liabilities, was 124% at the end of 2020, a remarkable improvement from the 85% and 105% reported at year ends 2018 and 2019, respectively.  The solid financial results eliminated the unfunded liability and the need for a surcharge on the assessment rate.

    The components of the 2022 rate and the change compared to 2021 are outlined below.

      2021 2022 Reduction
    Projected future cost of new injuries $1.33 $1.20 ($0.13) 9.8%
    General Administration, Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal costs $0.49 $0.49 —-
    Surcharge to pay for unfunded liability when funding level is below 115% $0.35 $0.00 ($0.35) 100%
    Average Assessment Rate $2.17 $1.69 ($0.48) 22.1%

     

    The improved financial position has also been due, in large part, to legislative changes passed by the government in 2018 and 2019.  These changes returned exclusive jurisdiction over the workers’ compensation system to the WorkSafeNB Board of Directors.  They also clarified that workers’ compensation benefits are to be provided only for injuries incurred in the course of employment. As a result, WorkSafeNB was able to take action to revise policies and manage operations so that financial liabilities at year-end 2020 have been reduced by $195 million compared to 2018.

    “A further reduction in WorkSafeNB Assessment rates is great news and is the result of the excellent work by WorkSafeNB’s Board of Directors, and the quick action of our government,” said Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. “One of the first things we did when we formed government was to update various legislation based on recommendations from the board, which included returning exclusive jurisdiction of worker’s compensation system to the WorkSafeNB Board of Directors. We are pleased that this work has contributed to assessment rates that are more equitable to both employers and employees.”

    WorkSafeNB’s return to solid financial footing benefits all stakeholders.

    “Our return to a strong financial position is good news for all New Brunswickers,” said Haley Flaro, Acting Chairperson of WorkSafeNB’s Board of Directors. “We are pleased to be in a position to consider reasonable improvements to the suite of benefits for injured workers while also reducing costs for businesses that benefit the overall provincial economy.”

    Individual assessment rate notices will be available online at MyServices in October.

    WorkSafeNB also announced a reduction in the 2022 assessments paid by municipalities, rural communities, and local service districts to fund the Firefighters’ Compensation Act’s disability fund. Annual assessment rates for 2022 will decrease by 5.6% to $425 for each of the more than 4,000 firefighters in the province, compared to the $450 annual assessment rate charged in 2021.

    For more information on how we calculate rates, watch our short video.

    For more information on WorkSafeNB’s 2020 annual results, including safety measures, return-to-work outcomes, improvements to client services, and detailed financial reporting, please read our 2020 Annual Report.

    Media contact:

    Laragh Dooley
    Executive Director, Corporate Communications
    media@ws-ts.nb.ca

    Source: WorkSafeNB

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  • WorkSafeBC: Inspection reports now available online July 29, 2021

    WorkSafeBC inspections are an important part of ensuring health and safety in B.C. workplaces. During an inspection, a prevention officer will inspect your workplace and assess safe work practices in accordance with the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation.

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  • Accessing WorkSafeBC services and keeping workers safe during the wildfires July 20, 2021

    B.C. has declared a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires. WorkSafeBC encourages workers and employers to take steps to ensure they are able to continue accessing our services, and stay healthy and safe during this time.

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  • WorkSafeBC’s preliminary average premium base rate to remain unchanged in 2022 July 15, 2021

    Fifth straight year with flat average base rate, consistent with WorkSafeBC’s goal of keeping rates stable

    Richmond, B.C. — WorkSafeBC announced today that the preliminary average base rate for 2022 will remain unchanged at 1.55 percent of employers’ assessable payroll. This will be the fifth year in a row that the average base rate has remained at this level, consistent with WorkSafeBC’s goal of keeping rates stable.

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  • WorkSafeBC: Extensions of coverage for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction’s work experience programs July 14, 2021

    On March 30, 2021, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to three existing extensions of coverage under section 7(2)(b) of the Workers Compensation Act (Act) for work experience programs administered by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

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  • WorkSafeNB launches fall protection blitz July 8, 2021

    At WorkSafeNB, we know that falls continue to be a leading cause of serious workplace injuries in New Brunswick. We also know employers care about their employees’ well-being…and so do we.

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  • WCB Nova Scotia: Safe + Secure: Keeping young workers safe this summer July 8, 2021

    The latest issue of our Safe + Secure e-newsletter is now available, with a special focus on keeping Nova Scotia’s young workers safe as more of them enter the workforce in the summer months.

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  • WorkSafeNB: Unpaid waiting period eliminated June 30, 2021

    We’re pleased to announce the removal of the three-day unpaid waiting period for injured and ill workers of New Brunswick. Over 25 years ago, an unpaid waiting period was introduced whereby an employee who experienced a work-related injury or illness was not eligible for compensation for the first three days of the claim.

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