January 2, 1993
to April 5, 2005
Section 10 authorizes the board to levy a penalty against employers who fail to give the board notice of a work-related disability that has come to their attention.
The purpose of the penalty levy is to encourage employers to provide, in a timely manner, the written notice of an injury/illness required to process a workers claim.
Employers are required to provide written notice within three days of receiving notification of the accident/illness.
Late reporting may inhibit the rehabilitation of an injured worker by delaying the process of early intervention, and possibly increasing their time off work.
Late reporting may translate into delayed benefit payments for injured workers.
The board should educate employers on the importance of submitting timely injury/illness reports, and the reasons why levying a penalty may be necessary.