November 2017                                                                FRANÇAIS

ANNUAL PAYROLL REPORT

NEW FEATURE: WSCC CONNECT UPDATES OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN APR

Change is never easy, and as we move more services online, the WSCC wants to make sure you have all the information you need to transition into new ways of doing things. Through WSCC Connect, we introduced online Annual Payroll Report (APR) for employers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut last year, to report to the WSCC their actual payroll for the current calendar year, and an estimate for the upcoming year. We congratulate employers for their successful transition to the online filing process.

Employers, please take note: in early December, you will receive information about submitting your APR. The deadline for submitting is February 28, 2018.

NEW REQUIREMENT: Occupational Health and Safety Reporting in your Annual Payroll Report

With the 2018 filing season comes a new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) section to the APR. This year, WSCC Connect users will be asked about OHS for their company or the company they file for.

BEFORE starting the filing process, WSCC Connect users should consult with the person who manages OHS in their company (or the company they are filing for) to provide Yes/No answers to the OHS questions. The complete set of questions with explanations of what to look for is in Section 4 of the Guide to Completing Annual Payroll Reporting.

The deadline for submitting your APR is February 28, 2018, but you can submit as early as January 2, 2018. You must submit an APR even if you are reporting zero (0) payroll. The penalty for late submission is 15% of your previous year's employer payroll assessment.

Employers, if you haven't received your APR package by the middle of December, contact Employer Services in the Northwest Territories at  employer@wscc.nt.ca, or call (867) 920-3888 or toll-free at 1-800-661-0792; and in Nunavut at employernu@wscc.nu.ca, or call (867) 979-8500 or toll-free at 1-877-404-4407.

Why your business or organization should have an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program

An OHS Program provides a system to effectively identify and manage workplace hazards, prepare for emergencies, provide safe work policies and procedures, and train workers in their OHS roles and responsibilities. To better serve you, the WSCC requires information on the current state of OHS Programs in businesses and organizations across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

WSCC continues to develop tools for employers. Whether we provide guidelines and templates on our website or services through WSCC Connect, our goal is to help employers manage their obligations under both compensation and workplace safety legislation.

We're here to help! If you need assistance with WSCC Connect, see the WSCC Connect Help Page or contact the WSCC Connect Help Desk toll-free at 1-844-238-5008.
INVESTIGATING SAFETY!
With Ron's Auto
 

In our continuing mission to advance the safety culture across all ages, the WSCC participates as a mentor for Grade 8 students each year during Skills Canada NT's Power Up! youth conference. This year, however, we enlisted the help of local Yellowknife employer Ron's Equipment Rental and Industrial Supply (also known as Ron's Auto) to offer students the chance to conduct a mock safety inspection in a live and active workplace.

Under the guidance of a WSCC Safety Officer, the WSCC's OHS Education Specialist, and the Safety & Training Manager at Ron's Auto, students stepped into the role of a Safety Officer and were asked to spot potential workplace hazards and participate in safety briefings.

From wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), highlighting what they should look for in a safety inspection and spotting important safety signage, to completing their own inspection of a scissor lift (even learning lockout protocols and built-in safety mechanisms!), students were able to experience a day in the life of a WSCC Safety Officer.

"One of our goals at the WSCC is to impart safety knowledge to students from a young age, especially since our future young workers might not realize that a career in safety is an option," says Judy Kainz, Director of Prevention and Employer Services. "With their focus on safety excellence in the workplace, Ron's Auto was the obvious partner. At the end of the day, we all want young people to experience firsthand what a career in safety might look like, and how they can be safety ambassadors, wherever their career paths take them."

The WSCC thanks Ron's Auto for showing our future young workers why safety is #worthit to them. Allowing students to experience firsthand what attention to safety looks like really brought this event together!

2018 ASSESSMENT RATES ARE HERE
CHECK YOUR RATES ON WSCC CONNECT



Employers, your 2018 assessment rates have arrived and are now available to you on WSCC Connect. Visit WSCC Connect to conveniently access your individual rates, as well as view the subclass rates for all industries for the upcoming year. You can view the WSCC's current and historical rates by Class & Subclass and by Specific Industry.

Every year, the Governance Council works with an independent actuary to set the provisional average assessment rate and the individual rates for each subclass. If you have questions about your 2018 assessment rates, please contact your Employer Services Representative directly, or contact us at employer@wscc.nt.ca / 1-800-661-0792 in the Northwest Territories, and employernu@wscc.nu.ca / 1-877-404-4407 in Nunavut.
PERSONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGE DUE
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: DECEMBER 31, 2017

If you are a business owner, partner, registered director, or self-employed, you do not automatically receive WSCC coverage through your employment. To receive WSCC coverage, you need to sign up for Personal Optional Coverage, which provides you with the same benefits as other workers in case of workplace disease and injury.

You can apply for coverage for as little as one month and up to one full year. You need to renew your coverage each year, and renewals are due on December 31, 2017.

To view and fill out the Personal Optional Coverage form, please click here, or email Employer Services in the Northwest Territories or Nunavut for more information .
HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURES

WSCC's offices close 5:00PM, Wednesday, December 20, for the holidays,and reopen 8:30AM, Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 1-800-661-0792.
This information will soon be available in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun on our website.

wscc.nt.ca   /  1.800.661.0792   *   wscc.nu.ca  /  1.877.404.4407