LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Feb.: The Assembly will likely pass Bill 153 enhancements to maternity and parental leave rights when it reconvenes in March. So be prepared for:
- Increases in maternity and adoption leave from 18 to 19 weeks
- Increase in parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks (37 to 63 weeks if another parent takes entire leave or receives EI benefits)
- New unpaid leave of up to 17 weeks to care for critically ill adult family members
- Expansion of current 10 days of interpersonal violence to include all forms of sexual violence.
Feb.: After reaching an all-time high last year at $1.41 million (the first year of over $1 million), total OHS penalties declined slightly in fiscal year 2018-19 to $1.24 million. But while prosecutions and convictions were down, penalty ranges increased. Translation: OHS fines are as high as they’ve ever been.
Sask. OHS Prosecution 5 Year Trends (FY 2014-15 to 2018-19)
|Fiscal Year||New Prosecutions||Convictions||Total Penalties||Penalties Range|
|2014-15||24||55||$568,855||$720 to $280,000|
|2015-16||16||8||$777,140||$840 to $280,000|
|2016-17||38||25||$870,996||$2,100 to $140,000|
|2017-18||21||37||$1,411,930||$1,400 to $420,000|
|2018-19||18||16||$1,242,100||$2,100 to $490,000|
Jan. 1: The WCB revised its rules (Long-Term Earnings Loss (POL & PRO 01/2018)) for calculating the earning capacity of a worker (or his/her spouse) who can’t return to suitable productive employment:
- Earning capacity adjustments based on annual CPI increases can’t exceed annual increases to maximum wage rate (for workers subject to maximum wage rate)
- WCB may deem earning capacity above actual earnings if worker leaves suitable productive employment for reasons unrelated to injury
- Unlike with initial wage base, WCB may consider all earnings from covered and excluded industries, non-employment income and other earnings potential in determining worker’s earning capacity for long-term loss benefits.