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WCB Alberta Information on COVID-19

Posted in: Uncategorized | Posted by braveadmin on March 24, 2020

“During this unprecedented period of uncertainty, we would like to reassure our clients that BCL remains open for business while taking precautions to ensure the safety of our staff. We continue to monitor the situation and information coming from the WCB in an effort to understand the impact that it will have on any current and/or future claims.  Your BCL Team” As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the impact continues to be far-reaching including current and potential WCB claims, raising many questions and concerns for workers and employers. Through our blog we will try to stay current and hopefully provide some understanding and clarity.  On March 17th the Alberta Government declared a provincial state of emergency which has caused business disruptions and shutdowns for many employers.  At this time, the WCB continues to operate as normal as possible managing current claims, processing new claims, handling employer accounts and continuing to share […]

What is the Training-on-the-Job Program?

Posted in: WCB Premium Reduction,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 25, 2020

Did you know as an Alberta employer, you can take advantage of the WCB’s Training-on-the-Job (TOJ) program to hire a new employee? Did you know that it can save you time, money and training costs while protecting you from a WCB claim due to any injury or re-injury? Did you also know that it can positively impact WCB premiums? When a worker gets injured on the job it can sometimes lead to permanent work restrictions that prevent them from being able to return to their pre-accident position. In most cases, the injured worker still has many valuable transferable skills, education or experience that can make them a productive member of the workforce, they just need the opportunity to prove it.  WCB Alberta offers incentives to Alberta employers who provide job opportunities for injured workers that are unable to return to their pre-injury employment. Through the TOJ program, the WCB provides: […]

January 29th, 2020 is Bell Let’s Talk Day

Posted in: Mental Health | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 29, 2020

**If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs immediate assistance. Get help. Go to your nearest hospital or call 911** The conversation starts today, January 29th, with Bell Let’s Talk (#BellLetTalk) day bringing attention to mental health awareness and helping to break the silence surrounding mental illness. It continues Mental Health Week, May 4th-10th, 2020, with a campaign (#GetLoud) promoting open discussion regarding mental illness, how to stop the associated discrimination and stigma, while raising awareness and building support for those who suffer. Then culminates in October with Mental Illness Awareness Week, an effort coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health designed to open the eyes of Canadians to mental illness. Mental health is part of our daily lives at home, at play and at work, it affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly, whether we are aware of it or not. […]

Bullying & Harassment: Is it an Acceptable WCB Stress?

Posted in: Mental Health,Safety,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 14, 2020

While there was a time when the stress of your job did not constitute the basis of an acceptable workers’ compensation claim, the times they are changing, or so it may seem.  With the emergence of campaigns like anti-bullying,  #MeToo, and #BellLetsTalk (coming up later this month on January 29th), discussions around mental health issues and their impact on how we live has become more prevalent. Issues like bullying (including cyber-bullying), harassment and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are being more widely recognized, acknowledged and accepted in a work-related context.  Although ‘stress’ is not a medically accepted diagnostic term, mental stress is commonly used to describe a person’s non-specific physical and psychological response to the events or changes that occur in his or her life. These events are known as stressors and stressors are a normal part of life. If a person’s ability to cope with stressors is overwhelmed; distress, a […]

10 Things to Check on Your 2020 WCB Premium Rate Statement

Posted in: Claims Costs,WCB Law,WCB Premium Reduction | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on December 10, 2019

In case you missed it, your 2020 WCB Premium Rate Statements have been issued. This statement not only advises you of the WCB Premium rate you have been assessed for the coming year but also provides you with the information used to calculate your rate. According to current information, WCB 2020 premium rates in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will remain the same or drop from the 2019 levels, while Alberta will see a slight increase. The rate-setting process is complex and even the smallest change in the data used can have a significant impact on the amount of premiums you pay. Therefore, it is important to consider the following questions while reviewing your statement: Is your Company name/address correct? Have your operations or business changed? Are you classified in the most appropriate Industry? Has your Industry Code changed? Are you being assessed a surcharge? For Alberta employers, are you […]

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