A number of penalties for violating the workers’ comp laws increased as of Jan. 19, 2015. Highlights:
- The penalty for claim suppression and discriminatory action increased to $4,000 for the first offence, $5,000 for the second and $6,000 for subsequent offences
- Employers who don’t report an injury to the WCB within five business days will now face a $500 penalty
- Employers found guilty of violations face fines up to $50,000 and could receive up to six months in jail
- Workers who commit violations could be fined up to $5,000 and possibly face up to six months in jail.