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Policy Purpose

The Act obliges an employer to pay a worker his/her regular wages and benefits for the day of an accident as if the accident had not occurred.

An employer may not charge that payment against a worker’s sick leave or any other benefit entitlement.

If the employer fails to comply with those responsibilities, the Act allows the WCB to pay the worker the amount which should have been paid by the employer, recover that amount from the employer, and charge an administrative penalty to the employer.

This policy describes how the WCB will exercise its authority if the employer fails to comply with the Act.