WCB PEI Defers Employer Assessment Due Dates Until June 30th, 2020

Updated: March 24, 2020

As the global pandemic of Covid-19 evolves, WCB PEI has taken many steps to support Island workers and employers.

While our building is closed to the public, WCB has maintained services and supports for employers and workers by phone and email.  Also, any new employer payroll audits have been deferred, and benefit payments for eligible workers are continuing to be processed as quickly as possible.  We are supporting opportunities for telehealth/rehabilitation to support injured workers and local service providers. As well, the independent offices of the worker and employer advisor continue to offer services via phone and email.

We continue to pay local suppliers quickly for supplies and services rendered.

WCB PEI is pleased to contribute to the many Provincial and Federal supports being rolled out and do our part to help employers through a very unsure and unprecedented time.

“We know that employers have additional pressures right now as a result of managing their businesses through Covid-19,” said Cheryl Paynter, CEO of the Workers Compensation Board of PEI. “During this time, we are committed to supporting local businesses to help ease the immediate financial cash flow demands on our Island business community.”

WCB will defer all assessment due dates related to 2020 employer payrolls. This temporary change means that covered employers will not have to pay WCB premiums until June 30, 2020.  Neither interest nor penalties will accrue during this time.

We realize much has changed since employers filed their 2020 estimated payrolls just a few weeks ago and we are asking for employers to submit any revisions to their 2020 payroll estimates to the WCB before May 15th to ensure that it is reflected on their June statement in assessment amounts due.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the many WCB staff who are working around the clock in order to ensure that we are prepared to respond to the evolving needs of employers and workers, and that we continue to provide services to Islanders during this extraordinary time,” said Jim MacPhee, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board of PEI.

Further details will be posted on the WCB website in the coming days. Please visit wcb.pe.ca/COVID19 for updates.

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