2021 Certificate of Recognition (COR) COVID Audit Plan

UPDATE – On-site Data Gathering Suspended until December 31, 2021

Certification/Recertification Audits

The minimum standards for 2021 COR certification/recertification will be:

  • External audits conducted by remote documentation-only will be eligible for one-year CORs.
    The minimum requirement for a one-year COR will be any three months of documentation in the previous 12 month period.
  • External audits conducted by remote documentation and interviews (conducted remotely) will be eligible for three-year CORs.
    The minimum requirement for a three-year COR will be any six months of documentation in the previous 12 month period.

These rules are in-effect for all certification audits until December 31, 2021, and will be re-assessed for 2022

Notes on certification/recertification audits:
  • Remote interviews will be conducted using web-based platforms (Teams, Skype, WebEx, etc.), telephone calls, or in some cases questionnaires can take the place of interviews (as allowed by Partnerships Standard 1.9).
  • Employers must provide documents to auditors by electronic means when possible.  Auditors must use a safe collection method for paper documents (e.g. curbside pick-up).

Maintenance Audits

UPDATE – On-site Data Gathering Suspended until December 31, 2021

The minimum standard for 2021 COR maintenance will be:

  • Documentation-only audits conducted remotely by the employer’s internal auditor or an external auditor will be eligible to maintain COR.
    The minimum requirement for a maintenance audit will be any three months of documentation in the previous 12 month period.

These rules are in-effect for all maintenance audits until December 31, 2021, and will be re-assessed for 2022.

 

Notes on maintenance audits:
  • Auditors conducting maintenance audits are encouraged to include interviews (conducted remotely).
  • Employers must provide documents to auditors by electronic means when possible.  Auditors must use a safe collection method for paper documents (e.g. curbside pick-up).

WCB PIR Refund Eligibility

The WCB has confirmed PIR refund eligibility for the 2021 COR auditing plan.