Yukon targeting employers with poor safety records

Workers’ compensation board hopes threat of extra charges will help
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 07/02/2015

Beginning next year, Yukon’s workers’ compensation board will implement a new policy enabling it to levy super-assessments against employers with poor safety records.

The Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (WCHSB) policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2016. A super-assessment is a payment over and above an employer’s regular yearly workers’ compensation assessment.

Its objective is to make individual employers more accountable for what they cost the territory’s workers’ compensation system in workplace injuries and illnesses, says Sheila Vanderbyl, a hearing officer and policy analyst with the WCHSB.