For employers

We are committed to making decisions that are fair and we want to make sure you understand all the decisions that affect your worker's claim. We know that sometimes you may not agree with some of the decisions made on your worker's claim, and we're here to help.

It is important that you know your rights when it comes to questioning a decision made on a claim that affects your policy. We will make every attempt to resolve disagreements whenever possible.

Give us a call

If you don't understand or don't agree with a decision on a claim, please call the assigned adjudicator or case manager. He or she will be able to explain the decision and answer any questions you have. If you have new information that could affect the claim decision, let the adjudicator or case manager know. We are always willing to consider new information. You can also call ask to speak to a supervisor at any time.

In cases where this informal review process does not resolve your concerns, there is a formal review process you can follow.

How to request a review of a WCB decision

Submit a request for review form

If you've been unable to resolve your concerns with the adjudicator or case manager and would like to have the decision formally reviewed, you can request a review within one year of the decision date. Once the form is received, a supervisor will work with you towards a possible resolution.

You can complete the Request for Review form online or request a paper version by calling our contact centre.

Time limit for review

You have one year from the date of the decision letter to submit a request for review. In some situations we can extend the time limit if it has been more than a year since the decision was made.

You can request an extension of the deadline by writing to the Dispute Resolution and Decision Review Body (DRDRB) to outline your circumstances (for example, you were late submitting a request due a a medical or physical condition). You can find out more information about the one-year limit by reading the review and appeal process policy.

Be sure to submit any documentation you have to support your reason for the delay. The DRDRB will consider your reason and the overall fairness of granting an extension.

Get help from the Employer Appeals Consulting service

If you’re unsure how a decision may impact your account, we can help. Our Employer Appeals Consulting service offers assistance with submitting your review request, and will look at the unique situation for your account to help you understand the impact of the decision(s) in question. We’ll provide you with information that can help to either resolve the issue or to provide you advice on how to present your position.

This service was established by WCB to help employers understand the facts, policies and legislation used to make a decision, with a focus on resolution. There is no charge for this service.

To request this service and learn more about how we can help, complete the Request for employer appeals consultation form.

Review the decision with the Dispute Resolution and Decision Review Body (DRDRB)

If resolution has not been reached through discussion with the adjudicator or case manager or supervisor, the supervisor will forward the request for review form to the DRDRB.

This department is made up of resolution specialists who will determine if the decision was correct. Before your file is reviewed, a resolution specialist will contact you to make sure he/she understands your specific issue and concern. You will have an opportunity to explain your issue to the specialist and you will determine the best approach to take to resolve your issue, such as an in-person meeting or a telephone conference. Once the review is complete, the resolution specialist will send you a written decision.

If you do not agree with the DRDRB’s decision, you can appeal in writing to the Appeals Commission, which is independent from WCB. If the DRDRB decision is dated prior to Sept. 1, 2018 you have one year to submit your appeal to the Appeals Commission. If it is dated on or after Sept. 1, 2018, you have two years to submit your appeal.

Pursuing an appeal

If you decide to pursue an appeal after your review, the Fair Practices Office – Employer Appeals Advisor Branch provides independent advice, assistance and advocacy services for eligible employers. There is no charge for their services. To find out more about their services and eligibility criteria, please visit the Fair Practices Office website or contact their office:

Toll-free phone number: 1-866-427-0115
Email: fpo@gov.ab.ca

Interim relief

Interim relief is temporary financial support given to employers while a decision is under review or appeal. It is provided in exceptional circumstances and is intended to ensure the employer is able to continue operating during the review and appeal process. This fact sheet gives you additional information.

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