Alberta Employment and Immigration Posting Employer Performance Information

 Alberta Employment and Immigration (AE&I) is now posting annual performance information about Alberta employers. (WCxKit)
The first report includes data from 2005 to 2009, and includes occupational fatality numbers, the lost-time claim numbers, and lost-time claim rates for employers in Alberta who are required to have a WCB-Alberta account.
A lost-time claim rate can serve as an indicator of a company's safety performance but it is not a conclusive measure by itself.
WCB-Alberta provides AE&I with data collected as part of its administration of the Workers Compensation Act.
For the purposes of the new employer performance reports, WCB-Alberta provides the following data as of March 31 for each year:
  1. Industry codes
  2. Number of claims accepted
  3. Number of fatality claims
  4. Insurable earnings for the year (payroll)
This is point-in-time information. If changes are made to claims status, industry codes, or insurable earnings after March 31, the data in WCB-Alberta's records may differ from the published reports.
The workers comp system is a no-fault mutual insurance system, so the data collected does not attribute fault.
The number of lost-time claims shown on the current report has been accepted by WCB-Alberta as of March 31, 2010. Claims can be registered by an employer, an injured worker, or a health care provider within two years of the incident, so these numbers may change slightly over time.
WCB-Alberta regularly audits employers to ensure they are reporting claims properly. Insurable earnings figures can change if employers modify the figures they have reported to WCB-Alberta, or if WCB-Alberta conducts an audit. Industry codes may also change as a result of employers changing their operations.
The number of fatalities shown on the report has been accepted by WCB-Alberta as of March 31 of each year. The fatalities are shown in the year they were accepted, not by the year that they occurred.
AE&I uses WCB-Alberta data to calculate the person-years estimate and lost-time claim rates for employers.
AE&I and WCB-Alberta have different business reporting requirements, so the statistics released by AE&I and by WCB-Alberta are not expected to be identical.
For questions about the five-year employer lost-time claims and fatality reports, employers should contact AE&I at 1-866-415-8690.
AE&I can supply details about this information, including claims, what the insurable earnings figures are and how the person years were determined. (WCxKit)
WCB-Alberta will help explain the published data by answering questions about industry codes, lost-time claims, insurable earnings, and fatality numbers.
An employer can get up-to-date performance information from WCB-Alberta by accessing the Loss Control Reporting (LCR) online service through WCB-Alberta's Web site at:
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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
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