As provided for in the Workers Compensation Act (Act), in any situation where a worker suffers a reportable injury, it is mandatory that an employer reports the accident and resulting injury to the WCB within five business days. The worker's claim is dependant upon the employer's report to ensure prompt adjudication. Because of the importance of the employer's report to the adjudication process, the Act states that a fine or an administrative penalty may be levied against a late reporting employer.
An employer is required to report the accident and the resulting injury within 5 (five) business days from the date of the injury or within five business days from the date the employer first became aware of the injury. This policy sets out the following:
- an employer's responsibility for reporting an accident resulting in an injury;
- defines a reportable injury; and
- specifies when and how late reporting penalties are applied.