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SaskTel employee resigns when WCB payments overpayments found


By Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ESTEVAN MERCURY

It’s reporting losses season once again in Regina, and on Feb. 1 the provincial government released several instances that occurred from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Within the Crown Investments Corporation, which is the parent company for the major Crown corporations, SaskTel reported multiple instances which occurred from May, 2018, to August, 2019.

The description read, “Employee received full wage loss benefits for a Workers’ Compensation Board claim but was working part-time with another employer. Employees approved for WCB continue to be paid by SaskTel and WCB reimburses SaskTel. WCB has realized this overpayment and has now withheld payments to SaskTel.”

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The amount came to $46,755.

The employee resigned from SaskTel when they were advised SaskTel would collect that money back through payroll deductions.

A civil legal action will be commenced, the release said. In the meantime, SaskTel will review current practices and have WCB pay benefits it approves directly to employees.

On Dec. 15, 2020, SaskPower’s management “noticed inappropriate time charges on an employee’s time sheet. The employee charged time fraudulently on five days, totalling approximately $1,587.”

After a management review, the employee has been disciplined and the payable hours were reduced by the human resources department as repayment.

The release added: “Management has emphasized the importance of properly reviewing timesheets.”

A second release from Saskatchewan Health Organizations, which includes the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Athabasca Health Authority and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency said there were “no incidents to report.”