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Every year, the employer must send the Commission, before March 15, a form indicating the amount of insurable wages paid to its workers during the previous calendar year. This statement of the workers' insurable wages is prepared by the employer and must accurately represent its activities and be based on verifiable data.
The payroll statement allows the CNESST to determine the contribution required from the employer and adjust it based on the installments paid during the year.
When you have several experience files, you must document the name and occupation of each worker, as well as the portion of the insurable wages that has been paid out and the relevant experience file.
If a worker, who is not a casual worker, is taking part in activities covered by more than one unit, you can allocate his salary among the various units, provided you can clearly specify and document the times where that worker performed the duties under each unit. However, you still need to report that worker's insurable wages in the unit with the highest contribution rate if that worker is exposed to the risks of occupational injury of several activities in various units on a significant and simultaneous basis.
To determine if experience continuation is applicable as the result of a corporate transaction, the CNESST needs to verify the following:
The CNESST considers a transaction to have taken place when, following a legal transaction, the buyer continues, in whole or in part, the activities of the seller and when the retained workers constitute a significant portion of the workforce assigned to those activities.
Following analysis of the corporate transaction, the CNESST confirms in writing the decision as to whether experience continuation will apply.
The CNESST determines annually the classification units (business sectors), the corresponding rates for each of those units, and the classification rules for employers assigned to those units. Every year, generally in October or when the CNESST is notified of a change in the business sector, employers receive a Notice of Classification Decision for the following year. That Notice of Classification is very important because it determines the basis of calculation for all of your CNESST dues.
Furthermore, since 2011, the Notice of Classification also outlines the details of the calculation of the average rate that will be used for your installments in the upcoming year. You can request a review of that calculation if you feel that it is not representative of the distribution of your business activities.
The CNESST determines your contribution rate by comparing your claim experience for the last 4 years with that of other employers in the same classification unit (business sector) as you. Then, based on the payroll reported for that same period, the CNESST determines the credibility of your experience compared to that of the unit. It then adjusts your contribution rate, higher or lower, compared to the unit's rate, based on that calculation.
If you are a member of a safety group, the CNESST substitutes the experience used to calculate the rate with that of the group according to the membership period.
The objectives of the investigation and the analysis of an accident with or without injury are as follows:
• To identify the causes of the occurrence of the accident in order to take corrective and preventive measures so a similar event does not recur.
• To comply with the legal obligations set out by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA section 51.1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11).
• To improve the work conditions and environment and avoid the recurrence of similar events.
In Québec, according to the First-Aid Minimum Requirements Regulation, each employer must provide an adequate number of first-aid kits. The kits must be located in areas that are easily accessible, and as close as possible to the worksite. The kits and their content, whose expiry date should be checked regularly, should be kept neat and in good condition. All expired, soiled or yellowed material should be replaced.
Employers must provide a minimum number of first-aid attendants on the worksite so that any worker or accident victim or ill person may receive first-aid immediately.
The First-Aid Minimum Requirements Regulation* stipulates that all employers in a facility and owners of a work site must ensure the presence, at all times during work hours, a minimum number of qualified first-aid attendants.
You are eligible if you are in good standing with the CNESST and comply with all CNESST-imposed requirements. However, you should not be part of the retrospective rating plan.
All businesses can enroll in a safety group, but some groups are associative and require enrolment in the association that sponsors the group in order to join.