Yukon Surplus
WCB will cut rates and refund $10M to employers
Workers' Compensation Board to pay surplus to Yukon employers

The Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board on Thursday announced the annual assessment rates for businesses are going down.

The Board also plans to pay out $10 million in cash rebates to employers, in an effort to shrink a hefty $52 million reserve fund.

Mark Pike, the board's chair, says claims costs are down, and the Board's investments are doing better than expected.

The surplus has grown despite a bad year for workplace deaths and injuries in Yukon. In 2014, five people died on the job in Yukon, and 435 were injured badly enough to miss work, the Board says.

Yukon employers will see their workers' compensation premiums drop between two and 15 per cent next year. The board is still determining how they will allocate the rebates, though they will distribute the $10 million by the end of December.

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Rates 2016


WSIB Policy ONTARIO - WSIB say 2016 premium rates will not increase.
The WSIB announced that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.
Manitoba Policy MANITOBA - Changes to the Manitoba Rate Model in 2016.
The WCB will be introducing changes to its rate setting model in 2016.
Saskatchewan Policy SASKATCHEWAN - Saskatchewan 2016 Premium rates drop.
Employers will see a WCB premium rate drop in 2016 due to improved safety performance.
YUKON - Workers' Compensation Board to pay surplus to Yukon employers
The Board plans to pay out $10 million in cash rebates to employers, in an effort to shrink a hefty $52 million reserve fund.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - P.E.I. Workers Compensation Act change allows creation of safety associations
A bill to amend the act will allow for safety associations.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - WSCC Releases New Code of Practice on Return to Work
The code outlines the key components and steps to develop a return to work program.
MANITOBA - Manitoba Trucking Association, SAFE Work launch safety initiative
In this program, the acronym RPM (generally known as "revolutions per minute"), stands for "Risk. Professionally Managed."
BRITISH COLUMBIA - BC Notable Policy Updates
LMAPR and OHS Citations policy and others.