NOVEMber 2016                                                               FRANÇAIS
ANNUAL PAYROLL REPORT
NEW PROCESS, NEW NAME.

(FORMERLY EPS: EMPLOYER PAYROLL STATEMENT)

It's Here! Annual Payroll Report Submitting through WSCC Connect.

Each year, employers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut must report to the WSCC their actual payroll for the current calendar year, and an estimate for the upcoming year. In response to changing stakeholder demands and to improve service, the upcoming Annual Payroll Report (APR) must be submitted through WSCC Connect, our e-Business portal.

Employers, please take note: in early December, you will receive information about submitting your APR. Past methods of mailing or faxing your reports will no longer be accepted or processed. The deadline for submitting is February 28.

How do I submit my APR through WSCC Connect?

Businesses on WSCC Connect will receive a notification that contains details about submitting their APR using Fast File or the Advanced Payroll Reporting e-Services.

Fast File: This is the easiest way for single-industry employers to report payroll without signing up for an online user account.

To access Fast File, you must provide the following information:
  1. Employer Number
  2. Connect Code
Advanced Payroll Reporting: Single-industry and multi-industry businesses can report payroll online, save progress as you go, view current and past assessment rates and classification, and make a quick one-time assessment payment. Advanced Payroll Reporting requires an online user account.

To access Advanced Payroll Reporting, you must:
  1. Create a WSCC Connect account;
  2. Use the Add an Employer features on WSCC Connect to link your account with your employer; and
  3. Request permission from your WSCC Connect Access Administrator to report payroll on your employer's behalf.
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.

What's the deadline for submitting my APR?

The submission deadline is February 28, 2017, but you can submit as early as January 3, 2017. 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.
TOURISM OPERATORS PLAN FOR SAFETY
OHS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EMERGENCY PLANNING

In a continued effort to promote safety and assist businesses with their Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program development, the WSCC recently turned their attention to the tourism industry.

On November 8-9, the WSCC partnered with the GNWT's Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) and Northern and Remote Wilderness Adventures Ltd. (NARWAL) to host a workshop on developing and maintaining safety programs to keep their employees and clients safe. Over two days, fifteen tour operators and their staff learned how to develop and implement safety programs, improve risk management, and covered emergency preparedness tips such as how to build shelters and start fires for survival.

Safety planning and training in emergency preparedness helps tourism operators recognize potential hazards and reduce the risk of incidents. It's not just useful to have the plan - it's the law. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require businesses to maintain safe workplaces and protect their workers, and the Tourism Act requires operators to develop and implement safety plans to be licensed operators in the Northwest Territories.

Reviewing your operations and documenting your safety program helps you meet your regulatory requirements and gives you the framework to ensure you have procedures in place that protect your business and keep yourself and your workers safe. Don't know where to start? The Occupational Health and Safety Program Guide for Small Businesses can help.

If you've taken a look at the Guide but find yourself with questions or difficulty getting started, the WSCC's OHS Specialist can help you understand how the OHS Regulations applies to you and your business, and can work with you to develop an OHS Program tailored to your needs. To reach our OHS Specialist, email us at ohsregs@wscc.nt.ca or call us toll-free at 1-800-661-0792.
2017 ASSESSMENT RATES ARE HERE
CHECK YOUR RATES ON WSCC CONNECT

Employers, your 2017 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 2017 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, 2016

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, 2016.

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.
WSCC WEBSITE EVALUATION
HOW ARE WE DOING?

There's nothing worse than going online to try to find information and getting stuck in a never-ending cycle of clicking through pages. The WSCC wants to make sure that your experience with our website is positive and productive.

If you have five minutes, please take a look at our survey and give us your input! Tell us what you like, and let us know how we can improve.

It is important for us that our stakeholders receive the best experience possible online. After all, our mission is in partnership with stakeholders, we ensure workplace safety, and care for workers.

We're looking forward to partnering with you on this specific request.
THANK YOU
FOR TELLING US WHY SAFETY IS WORTH IT

In September, we started asking you to think about what is important to you in life, and why workplace safety is worth it to you. What motivates you to work and get home safely at the end of each work day?

This month, we continued to ask you - and some upcoming young workers - at the 44th Annual Geoscience Forum, which took place in Yellowknife from November 15-17, and during Skills NWT's Power Up! workshops for Grade 8 students from November 21-22. Take a look at a sampling of responses below, and thank you - your answers are invaluable to us, and remind us why we work to promote workplace safety every day.

















What's new
NEW CODE OF PRACTICE: WORKING WITH LEAD

Do you know how lead exposure happens? How to tell if your worksite is at risk, and how to protect yourself in the event of an incident? The WSCC has released a new Code of Practice, Working with Lead, which provides necessary information about:
  • identifying exposure and health effects of lead;
  • understanding workplace responsibilities when working with lead;
  • identifying and assessing lead hazards;
  • conducting worksite reviews;
  • developing lead exposure control plans; and
  • understanding ways to implement controls to eliminate or limit lead hazards.
WSCC's Codes of Practice provide practical guidance to help employers and workers understand and meet safety standards required by legislation. Take a look at other Codes of Practice here.
CONSULTATION CONTINUES
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACTS

The WSCC continues to request feedback from interested parties regarding proposed changes to the Workers' Compensation Acts for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The proposed changes will not change the rights, duties, and obligations of employers and workers, but instead will make the Acts easier to understand and apply.

We encourage interested parties to provide feedback using the questionnaire, which also contains background information, available on our website.

Want to find out more about the proposed changes to the Workers' Compensation Acts, or have questions? Contact our Legal Counsel, Emerald Murphy at 867-669-4424 or by email.

All responses are held in confidence. The deadline for submitting the completed questionnaire is Friday, December 9, 2016.
PROPOSED SAFETY TICKETS & FINES
FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH OHS REGULATIONS

The WSCC is also continuing to consult with stakeholders about introducing a system of tickets and fines for non-compliance with some of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations.

Interested parties can read the discussion paper and provide their feedback using the feedback form available on our website.

Want to find out more about our proposed tickets and fines, or have questions? Contact our Legal Counsel, Emerald Murphy at 867-669-4424 or by email.

All responses are held in confidence. The deadline for submitting the completed feedback form is Friday, December 9, 2016.
OFFICE CLOSURES
CHRISTMAS OFFICE CLOSURES

WSCC's offices close 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 21, for the Christmas holidays, and reopen 8:30 AM, Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
 
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