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Employer’s failure in relation to rehabilitation

229 Employer’s failure in relation to rehabilitation

(1) This section applies if an employer, other than a self-insurer, fails to take reasonable steps to assist or provide a worker with rehabilitation.
(2) WorkCover may require the employer to pay WorkCover an amount by way of penalty equal to the amount of compensation paid to the worker during the period of noncompliance by the employer.
(3) WorkCover may recover the amount from the employer—
(a) as a debt; or
(b) as an addition to a premium payable by the employer.
(4) The employer may apply to WorkCover in writing to waive or reduce the penalty because of extenuating circumstances.
(5) The application must specify the extenuating circumstances and the reasons the penalty should be waived or reduced in the particular case.
(6) WorkCover must consider the application and may—
(a) waive or reduce the penalty; or
(b) refuse to waive or reduce the penalty.
(7) If the employer is dissatisfied with WorkCover’s decision, the employer may have the decision reviewed under chapter 13 .

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