St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL is calculating a benefit adjustment for approximately 24,000 workers that received certain benefits between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2022. The impacted benefits are: wage-loss benefits, including temporary earnings loss (TEL) and extended earnings loss (EEL); retirement benefits, excluding pension replacement benefits (PRB); and dependency benefits.
WorkplaceNL’s claims payment system was not updated when the non-refundable provincial tax credit changed from 7.7 to 8.7 per cent on July 1, 2016, leading to incorrect calculations of certain benefits.
This means that affected workers are owed approximately $2.00 per week that they received benefits, plus interest.
WorkplaceNL apologizes for the error, and thanks clients for their patience as WorkplaceNL takes time to calculate the adjustment back to July 1, 2016. Changes have been made to guard against this from happening again.
WorkplaceNL expects to start to provide more information and payments to workers in late June 2023. Details on how much is owed per worker are not known at this time.
How much a worker is owed depends on how long their claim was open, their weekly benefit rate, offsets and other factors.
Most workers may likely receive less than $120. As examples, they may receive approximately:
If workers received benefits for the full period, from July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2022, they may receive up to $780.
Workers who have moved since their last benefit payment from WorkplaceNL are asked to update their mailing address online in MyWorkplaceNL (www.MyWorkplaceNL.ca).
An adjustment is not required on any benefits paid in 2023.
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