Payroll’s role with worker’s compensation

Payroll administers payments long before an accident occurs
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 06/13/2013

Workplace safety is considered a priority throughout most organizations. While employers need to be concerned with worker health and well-being, the payroll department is actually responsible for a lot more.

“There are a lot of different tasks that a payroll professional needs to do when dealing with workers’ compensation legislation,” says Marie-Pier Coulombe, a consultant with Carswell’s payroll consulting group in Toronto. “The first one is to understand which employees are covered by workers’ compensation.”

Most employees in Canada need to be covered by the worker’s compensation board (WCB) in their respective province. This includes students, part-time, full-time, casual, and temporary employees. An example of an employee who is not automatically covered under workers’ compensation, but may apply for optional coverage which will entitle them to WCB benefits if they suffer a compensable injury, is a “sole proprietor,” she says.