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Since the full cost of Workers’ Compensation is covered by employers, it is important to always look for ways to make the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) more affordable and accountable.
In fact, workers’ compensation systems are also very complex. Not surprisingly CFIB surveys reveal Saskatchewan business owners state that WCB and OH&S requirements are the most burdensome area of provincial regulations.
Action: CFIB co-founded a coalition of business groups interested in working together to recommend ways to improve the Board’s affordability and transparency.
COALITION PUSHES FOR WCB REFORM
The coalition includes: the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA), Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), Restaurants Canada, Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) and the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association (SHHA).
Note: The deadline for feedback is June 30, 2017. Legislative amendments will be drafted in time for the fall 2017 session of the Legislative Assembly.
Specifically, CFIB recommended:
We recommended the creation of an Independent Avenue for Appeals. However, a full cost analysis and principles surrounding any recommendations should be provided to stakeholders to determine if it is more cost effective (e.g. potential impact on WCB premiums) to convert to an external appeal process which could be: a) An independent, arm’s length appeal bodies separate from other appeal bodies or b) Incorporated in another independent arm’s length appeal body (e.g. existing appeals/adjudication mechanisms already in Saskatchewan, such as the Automobile Injury Appeal Commission).
We will continue to call for changes to:
Help us push for change by signing our Action Alert: CFIB’s Action Alert: Urging WCB to fix its funding policy & stop overcharging employers! Once signed, please return it by fax to (306) 359-7623 or scan and email it to [email protected].
Have questions about WCB? Please contact Business Resources at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]
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