Handling suspicious workers’ compensation claims

Determining extent of employee's injury
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/07/2015

Question: How should an employer handle a situation where it suspects that an injured worker who is off work and receiving workers' compensation benefits is not being honest about the extent of his injury?

Answer: Employees who make workers’ compensation claims are expected to be honest and forthright in their dealings with their employer and with the applicable workers’ compensation tribunal. In some situations, however, an employer may feel it has grounds to challenge the veracity of an employee’s workers’ compensation claim. For example, the employer may feel the employee’s injury was not suffered at work or at all, the employee is exaggerating the extent of the injury, or the employee is secretly working on the side while claiming compensation benefits.