TORONTO, Ont. — The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is implementing a Voluntary Registration policy which provides an opportunity for non-registered employers, who are legally required to register with the WSIB, to come forward to voluntarily register with full or partial amnesty.
Employers are required to register with the WSIB within 10 days of hiring their first worker. Employers who are not registered with the WSIB, and who should be, can be faced with significant financial and legal penalties if they are discovered through WSIB-related investigations.
Under the new Voluntary Registration Program, employers who choose to voluntarily register, rather than waiting to get caught, will pay no retroactive premiums during the full amnesty phase, no penalties for not reporting, no reconciliation interest on retroactive premiums, and will not be prosecuted under the Provincial Offences Act at the time of registration. The WSIB will provide this full amnesty to all employers who register their business with the WSIB between Oct. 29 and Mar. 31 inclusive. The effective date for registration will be the date of voluntary disclosure or the contact date.
From Apr. 1 onwards, the WSIB will provide a partial amnesty to employers who register their business with the WSIB on or after Apr. 1. Partial amnesty means no penalties for not reporting, no reconciliation interest on retroactive premiums, and no prosecution under the Provincial Offences Act at the time of registration. However, during this period, the effective date for registration is the date of first hire or January 1of the year preceding the date of voluntary registration, whichever is later. This means the maximum retroactive premium that employers will be required to pay will be for the current year plus one prior year.
For questions about the implementation of this policy or to register through the VR policy, contact the nearest WSIB office, call 800-387-0080, or visit www.wsib.on.ca.
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