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Employment & Training Programs and Services

Published Date: October 20, 2011
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Workers' Compensation Board Coverage

Workers’ Compensation Act
Workers’ Compensation General Regulations, Section 7(1)(d)
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Deeming Order, effective April 15, 2011

INTENT

If an individual is injured while participating in an Alberta Community and Social Services employment and training program or service, coverage is assured through an agreement between Community and Social Services and the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The agreement is known as a “deeming order”.

POLICY

Individuals are deemed to be workers of the Government of Alberta while engaged in programs and services funded through Alberta Works Employment and Training Services. This includes on-reserve First Nations people attending Community and Social Services funded programs on a reserve.

Coverage follows the individual. If an individual trains with an employer outside of the province of Alberta, and is being service-managed by Community and Social Services or a Community and Social Services authorized service provider, the individual is covered by Alberta WCB under the deeming order.

Community and Social Services’responsibility to individuals ends when:

  • Community and Social Services and/or contracted training and service providers have no further direct involvement with the individual such as continued contribution towards wages, service management or job coaching, and
  • the terms of the training agreement with the employer are completed, or
  • the individual has become an employee of the employer and is on the employer payroll.

Follow-up by Community and Social Services or a service provider at three, six and twelve month intervals to measure individual success is not considered direct involvement or service management.

Note
Coverage for Community and Social Services Clients Attending Training in Alberta’s Public Institutions
Advanced Education provides WCB coverage for individuals attending training in a public institution even though they are funded by Community and Social Services under contracted or tuition based training. Section 7(1)(c) of the WCB General Regulations deems them to be workers of the Government of Alberta (Alberta Advanced Education).

Reporting an Incident
If an individual sustains an injury while participating in a Community and Social Services program, service, or paid or unpaid work experience placement, the Workers’ Compensation Act of Alberta requires that incidence reports be submitted within 72 hours of the injury. The reports are:

Forms must be filled out by the individual as worker and by the supervisor/employer.

Once a site supervisor/employer becomes aware of an incident, that person is responsible for submitting reports. The WCB considers a supervisor/employer to have acquired knowledge of an incident if the employer or anyone considered by the WCB to be acting on behalf of the employer (such as a manager or first-aid attendant) receives notice or becomes aware that a Community and Social Services individual may have received an injury.

Reportable Injuries
It is necessary to submit a claim any time an individual who is participating in a Community and Social Services program sustains an injury on site and seeks medical attention whether the claim results in time lost or not. When in doubt, the claim must be submitted so WCB can investigate to determine whether it is covered by WCB or not.

The WCB Employer Handbook identifies the following as work-related injuries:

  • injuries causing or likely to cause the individual to be absent beyond the day of the injury,
  • injuries requiring modified work beyond the day of the injury,
  • injuries requiring ongoing medical treatment (physical therapy, prescription medications, etc.), and
  • injuries resulting in a permanent disability (hearing loss, amputations, etc.).

REPORTING PROCEDURES

Individual Participating in a Community and Social Services Program

  • Report any injury that occurs while performing the duties on-site of the training program or service, or work experience placement.
  • Fill out the WCB’s Worker’s Report of Injury (form C060) and submit it to the supervisor immediately.

     

    • Indicate the name of the employer where the incident occurred followed by a slash (/) and then “Community and Social Services”. If applicable, after “Community and Social Services” write the name of the service provider in brackets, e.g. employer’s name/Community and Social Services (ZYX Employment Services).
    • For question 13, indicate “0” for wages in work experience placements where no wage is paid.
    • Note whether receiving Employment Insurance benefits or Income Support benefits.
    • Fill in the appropriate boxes if there is other paid employment that the injury may affect.

     

  • If the incident was a motor vehicle accident, fill out the WCB’s Automobile Accident Report (form L054) and submit it to the supervisor.

Work Site Supervisor/Manager

  • Report any injury to any program participant that has occurred related to the program or service.
  • Investigate the incident to ensure all information on the individual’s report (Form C060) is accurate and complete. Ensure the individual is provided with the WCB’s Worker Handbook.
  • Prepare the WCB’s Employer’s Report of Injury (form C040).

     

    • Indicate the name of the employer where the incident occurred followed by a slash (/) and then “Community and Social Services”. If applicable, after “Community and Social Services” write the name of the service provider in brackets, e.g. employer’s name/Community and Social Services (ZYX Employment Services).
    • For question 12, indicate “0” for wages in work experience placements where no wage is paid.
    • Note whether the individual is receiving Employment Insurance benefits or Income Support benefits.

     

  • Fax all WCB reports to the service provider who has placed the individual (worker) with the employer.

Service Provider

  • Receive the completed WCB reports from the employer and individual (worker).
  • Verify the claimant is an eligible individual in the program, service or work experience placement. 
  • Immediately fax the WCB reports to the Community and Social Services Contract Services Coordinator or other Community and Social Services contact.
  • Phone and advise Community and Social Services the WCB reports are being faxed.

Community and Social Services Contract Services Coordinator/Contact

  • Review WCB reports prepared by the employer/service provider and the injured individual.
  • Sign off WCB reports by entering name, phone number and the WCB deeming order account number.
  • Fax WCB reports to WCB within 72 hours of being notified of the injury regardless of working hours:

780-427-5863 (in Edmonton)
403-517-6001 (in Calgary)
1-800-661-1993 (toll-free anywhere in Alberta

Information

Visit the Workers’ Compensation Board website.

Forms

Employer’s Report of Injury (form C040)
Worker’s Report of Injury (form C060)
Automobile Accident Report (form L054)

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