Continue weekly compensation payments over the holiday period
It is the time of the year when organisations start winding down, reducing their workload and making preparations for the holiday season.
It is also around this time every year that WorkCover WA receives a number of calls from financially distressed injured workers faced with missed weekly compensation payments.
Closing your office over the holiday season, in most cases, does not alter your obligation to continue making weekly compensation payments to your injured workers. Unlawfully discontinuing these payments is an offence under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, and you could face a $2,000 penalty for every missed payment.
It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure injured workers receive their entitlements over the holiday period and the payments are not disrupted by office closedowns or public holidays.
Speak to your insurer before you close up for the year to check your payment arrangements are correct and all obligations are met. Alternatively, you can call WorkCover WA’s Advice and Assistance line on 1300 794 744.