August 21 2018 Blog

The Low-Down on Construction – August 21, 2018

When talking about the current WCB governance system, some say “if it’s not broken, then why fix it!”  Well, the WCB’s own 2016 Committee of Review Report highlights the need for improvement in several key areas.

Most people don’t know but the WCB Board of Directors consists of just three individuals that work full time in the WCB building alongside WCB operational staff.  That’s right….the governing body that oversees this massive and critical service to Saskatchewan’s employers and employees consists of just three individuals that are effectively paid staff.

Another interesting fact:  the appeals tribunal is comprised of Board members.  That’s right!  Not only do they look after governance, but they also look after the appeals function for the WCB as well.  If that sounds like a big work load to you, you’re right!  At the time the 2016 WCB Committee of Review report found, the Board was spending up to 90% of their time on appeals, leaving actual governance on the back burner.

The 2016 Committee of Review report respectfully identified that “good governance” at the Board is not evident. This is no small matter. It’s our opinion that governance may be the most important and fundamental factor in improving overall performance and effectiveness. Right now, the Board is overworked, overstretched, and too close to the day-to-day operations of the WCB to be effective.

Transformation is constant. Our members know this, they see how their trades and industries are always changing and improving. It is our belief that if we want the WCB to transform into a 21st century best-in-class organization that provides exceptional services to employers and employees, a change in the governance structure is absolutely essential.

By making a few key reforms to its culture, to expanding resources for employers, and modernizing its governance structure MERIT feels the WCB can significantly improve its performance for workers, for contractors and be an effective organization now and into the 21st century.

Read the 2016 Committee of Review Report and Recommendations