WCB Service Updates
All services to employers are continuing, just differently.
Although our facilities are closed to the public, the core functions of our services to employers continue.
Claim registration and assessments are continuing, and we’re supporting prevention and return-to-work in workplaces.
Case conferences, visits from field representatives, and other such in-person services are examples of how our services are different during this time however, as meetings may not be possible right now.
Employer premiums can be deferred until July 2021
This temporary change means that covered employers will not have to worry about paying WCB premiums until July 2021. While premiums will accrue, they do not need to be paid. Interest and late payment fees will be waived.
Employers must still report payroll, even if it was $0.
Interest and late payment fees continue to be waived until further notice.
Even if you are deferring payment of your premiums, payroll must be reported for the time period. You can easily do this on MyAccount by navigating to Financials and then Payroll Submission.
We understand that these are very challenging times for many employers. Interest and late payment fees will be waived until further notice.
Register for MyAccount, and leverage technology to communicate with us.
Most employers who have workplace injuries manage them through MyAccount.
It also allows us to stay in touch with you via secure message, enabling work from a distance to be easier and more efficient. Register today.
Every claim is different, including claims related to COVID-19.
As with any claim received, WCB Nova Scotia will adjudicate claims related to COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis. As set out in the Workers’ Compensation Act, compensation is only available for a work-related injury or illness. It is not provided for workers who cannot work for preventative or precautionary reasons, such as self-isolation or quarantine. Learn more.
Claims costs arising from COVID-19 will not impact industry rates, or employer experience rating.
Instead, COVID-19 related claims costs will be spread over the general collective liability, and be absorbed by the employer base as a whole. The change is not expected to impact the average rate. Learn more.
I want to defer my premium payments, what do I have to do?
While premiums will accrue, they do not need to be paid until July 2021. However, if you are deferring payment of your premiums, payroll must be reported for the time period. You can easily do this on MyAccount by navigating to Financials and then Payroll Submission. Learn more at support.wcb.ns.ca.
I don’t want to defer my premiums, can I continue to make payments?
Yes, you can.
How can I report payroll?
Employers can report payroll through TeleReply with CRA, through MyAccount, or by phone at 1-800-870-3331.
My workforce is mostly operating remotely, and someone got hurt working from home. Can they file a claim?
Yes, they can. The Act exists to cover earnings loss from injuries and illnesses arising out of the course of employment. In this case, that simply has occurred at home. The claim would be adjudicated, and a decision made as to the compensability of the injury.
It’s important to continue to encourage and promote safe work practices, click here for resources.
Will I have to pay WCB premiums for workers I have at home, but I have kept on payroll if I am receiving the Canada Wage Subsidy /Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy/NS Worker Emergency Bridge Fund?
These are very challenging times for many businesses, and through partnership with the provincial government, employer premiums were deferred until October.
The premiums you pay are based on your actual payroll, up to the maximum assessable earnings for the year. What is included as assessable payroll is detailed in the Workers’ Compensation Act.
While your workforce may not be in the workplace, it is payment to the worker from you, the employer. Much like payments made to a worker who isn’t in the workplace for sick leave, for example, they must be included in your assessable payroll total.
You can find more information on the Canada Wage Subsidy program here. If you have questions about how this impacts your business, please call us at 1-800-870-3331.
Workplace Prevention Resources for COVID-19
During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that employers and workers work together to ensure safe workplaces, wherever they may be, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Together with our safety partners throughout the province, WCB Nova Scotia has developed a dedicated resource hub to help employers and workers prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visit worksafeforlife.ca/COVID19 for materials and resources to help work through COVID-19 safely, including our social marketing campaign developed in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.