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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: […]

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 […]

10 Things to Check on Your 2019 WCB Premium Rate Statement

Posted in: News & Announcements,WCB Premium Reduction | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on January 8, 2019

If you haven’t seen it already, your 2019 Premium Rate Statement should be available shortly. This statement not only advises you of the WCB Premium rate you have been assessed at for the coming year but provides you with the information used to calculate your rate. According to current information, the average WCB 2019 premium rate in has gone down in Saskatchewan, increased in Alberta and remained the same in Manitoba and British Columbia, as compared to the 2018 levels. The rate-setting process is complex and even the smallest change in the data used can have a significant impact on the number of premiums you pay. 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 […]

What is Partnership in Injury Reduction (PIR) and How to Get Involved.

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Claims Costs,Safety,WCB Premium Reduction | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on November 13, 2017

It’s Not Too Late! Register in WCB Alberta’s Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) by December 31, 2017 and still be eligible for PIR rebated for 2017 and 2018 The annual Experience Rating statements will soon be released, so now is a good time for employers to look at ways to maintain or improve their WCB premium rate. In Alberta, your claims experience from the past three years is used to establish your premium rate for the coming year – in other words, your WCB claims from 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be used to determine your premium rate for 2018.

Why Performance Matters

Posted in: WCB Premium Reduction | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on September 11, 2017

When it comes to WCB premiums, its performance – in terms of the number and severity of work-related accidents, incidents and illnesses – that has a significant impact on premium rates. Simply put, employers who have a large number of WCB claims and high WCB claims costs will pay more in WCB premiums than employers with few or no WCB claims and little or no WCB claim costs. Although the WCB provides discounts and rewards for employers with good accident records, the primary incentive to get employers with poor performance histories to make immediate improvements to their disability management and prevention programs is through monetary repercussions. The Poor Performance Surcharge (PPS), which is levied on large employers (i.e. employers who pay more than $15,000 in industry rated premiums in a 3 year period) who have consistently poor accident records over consecutive years. It is, perhaps, the most detrimental penalty assessed […]

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