No matter the industry, business size or insurance type, all employers have an obligation to support any person who is injured at work, and have a duty of care to assist in an active recovery process. Here are 6 things employers should know when navigating the Workers Compensation system:
- Employers are obligated under Australian law to have workers compensation insurance
- Employers have 48 hours to report injury and accidents otherwise iCare may charge an excess
- Injured workers must get an official Workers Compensation Certificate of Capacity from their GP or specialist, a standard Medical Certificate will not be accepted
- Businesses need a dedicated Return to Work Coordinator if they employ more than 20 people, their basic tariff premium exceeds $50,000 annually or who are self-insured or insured by a specialised insurer
- Employers are required to provide suitable work duties (as far as reasonably practicable) when a worker is able to return to work
- Section 248 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 states: ‘an employer must not dismiss a worker because of a work-related injury within six months from when the worker first became unfit as a result of the injury’
For a detailed list of employer obligations under New South Wales workers compensation legislation, view more information at SIRA.