Employers can appeal any decision made through the Assessment Services Department. Examples include application of an administrative penalty or interest on payment due, classifications, rate determinations, results of an audit, application of cost relief, transfer of costs, and determination of worker status.
It is important to note that if you intend to submit an appeal related to a penalty, interest or payment due, you are still required to make the payment. If the original decision changes as a result of the appeal, you will be refunded appropriately.
Before starting an appeal, first discuss the issue or decision on which you do not agree with the individual who initially made the decision to try and find a solution. If you are still not satisfied with the decision, there are two levels of appeal available to you:
- Assessment Committee, and
- The Appeal Commission
If you disagree with a decision made by the Assessment Services Department, you may appeal the decision by documenting your disagreement with the issue or decision in writing and sending it to:
WCB Assessment Committee
Winnipeg MB R3C 4W3
Fax: (204) 954-4900
Toll-free fax in Canada: 1- 866 - 245-0796
Your written objection should include your account number, the issue you want addressed and any information that you think should be considered when the decision is reviewed.
You may also use this Request for Review form to start your appeal. You will need to print a copy to send to the WCB Assessment Committee
It normally takes 30 days from being filed for your appeal to be considered.
The Appeal Commission
If you don't agree with the Assessment Committee’s decision, you can proceed to the final level of appeal which is the Appeal Commission. The Appeal Commission is the final level of appeal for any assessment decision. Although the Appeal Commission functions separately from the Workers Compensation Board, it is bound by the rules set out in The Workers Compensation Act.
Only issues previously appealed through Assessment Committee will be considered. To begin an appeal with the Appeal Commission, request an assessment appeal form by contacting the Scheduling Coordinator at (204) 925-6114 or by fax at (204) 943-4393. Outside Winnipeg, you may call collect. When you complete the assessment appeal form, be sure to identify the issue that you wish to appeal.
If the appeal includes new information, then you need to send the information back to the Assessment Committee as the Appeal Commission cannot hear, or rule on, any matter that has not been considered by Assessment Committee.
Although the Appeal Commission functions separately from the Workers Compensation Board, it is bound by Workers Compensation Act legislation and WCB policies.
Please visit the Appeal Commission website for more information.