that person would normally make in 52 weeks.
If the person only ever works 26 weeks a year,
then their WCB wage loss should reflect that
and their wage loss may stay the same or get reduced.
All claims are reviewed at the WCB for
It is good to remember any cost that is put
through the Saskatchewan WCB will affect an
employer’s WCB premiums. In simple terms,
less WCB costs equals less WCB premiums.
If you are able or can find something for an
injured worker to do during layoff, it can be
financially beneficial to keep that person working
as long as possible to reduce your WCB
costs. I recognize that it may require some creative
thinking to come up with some ideas for
jobs during a layoff period, but it is worth it financially!
Ideally, you hope you never have an
injured worker still on the books during the
seasonal layoff time, but sometimes it cannot
be helped and you may have to bite the bullet
and find something for them to do and hope it
is short term.
WCB policies that can be referred to for more
information are POL02/2018: Benefits Return
to Work Interrupted; and Section 70.4: establishing
a wage-base for seasonal workers.
If you are able or can find something for an injured
worker to do during layoff, it can be financially
beneficial to keep that person working as long
as possible to reduce your WCB costs.
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