Supervisors: Your Role

What is worker's compensation?

Worker’s compensation is a benefit program that pays for medical treatment and wages lost due to work-related injuries or illnesses.

The major areas that worker’s compensation covers are:

  • Medical treatment resulting from your work-related injury or illness.
  • Lost wages.
  • Compensation for permanent disabilities.
  • Vocational rehabilitation.

For more detail, see the Department of Workforce Development webpage (opens in new window/ tab).


Supervisors have a significant role in the worker's compensation process of one of your employees. Take the time to learn about, or refresh your memory on, the actions that you will need to take to assist in this process.

Role of the supervisor

The supervisor portion of our Worker’s Compensation website in intended to provide an overview of your important role in the Workers’ Compensation process should one of your employees become ill or injured. Your roles could be divided into two parts: the proactive steps to take before an injury or illness occurs, and the reactive steps to follow for the worker’s compensation and incident investigation process that occur after the injury or illness.

Before an injury or illness

Prevent injuries and provide for a safe workplace through guidance, training, hazard analysis and performance evaluation.

After an injury or illness

Deal with accidents and injuries when they occur, and follow up to get employees back to work.


Worker's compensation summary for supervisors


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