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Anyone who has responsibilities to comply with the requirements of the Act and the regulations (employer, contractor, sub-contractor, contracting employer, supplier, supervisor, owner or employee) may receive an administrative penalty. 

Date: March 1, 2021

Amounts are specified in legislation and allow for increasing amounts when the workplace party has already received a penalty within the past three years.

Workplace party

1st Administrative Penalty

2nd Administrative Penalty

3rd or more Administrative Penalty

Employer, Contractor, Subcontractor, Contracting employer, Supplier




Supervisor, Owner









Date: March 1, 2021

Information on how to pay the administrative penalty is included in the Notice of Administrative Penalty. You will also receive a return form that we ask that you return with your payment. Administrative penalties are to be paid within 30 days of receiving the notice.

Date: March 1, 2021

No, at this time, payment can only be received by cheque to WorkSafeNB. When new payment options are added in the future, the Notice of Administrative Penalty form will provide instructions regarding all options. Therefore, always look to the notice for instructions.

Date: March 1, 2021

The money from administrative penalties goes to the WorkSafeNB Accident Fund and will be used to support health and safety initiatives in New Brunswick.

Date: March 1, 2021

Failure to pay an administrative penalty is a debt owed to WorkSafeNB and may be filed in The Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick and may be enforced by judgement by the court.  The judgement may also include reasonable additional costs and charges resulting from the filing, entering and recording of certificate in the court system.

Date: March 1, 2021

Administrative penalties can be appealed to WorkSafeNB’s Chief Compliance Officer. Instructions on how to appeal is included with the Notice of Administrative Penalty.

Date: March 1, 2021

Workers’ compensation is available for a work-related injury or illness and is not provided for workers who withdraw from work for preventive reasons. Claim applications submitted for a COVID-19 virus infection contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. For a claim to be accepted, evidence must show that the infection arose out of and in the course of employment and the risk of contracting the disease through the employment is greater than the risk associated with contracting it through day-to-day living. Learn more about the application of benefits. See also: Policy 21-109 Conditions for Entitlement – Infectious Diseases 

Date: January 22, 2021 Last Revised: January 22, 2021

Yes, you still need to report your payroll even if it is $0. That will ensure that you are billed correctly when premiums are collected again in June.

Date: March 26, 2020

Fraud can be committed in different ways. Some examples include:  

Worker fraud

  • Providing false or misleading information claiming that an injury is work-related
  • Exaggerating an injury or delaying return to work to continue receiving WorkSafeNB benefits
  • Working and/or earning income while receiving WorkSafeNB benefits
  • Workers misrepresenting travel expenses (i.e. distance travelled to/from medical appointment).

Employer fraud

  • Intentionally failing to register a company to WorkSafeNB
  • Intentionally understating or falsifying assessable payroll
  • Failing to report workplace injuries to WorkSafeNB resulting in an injured worker not receiving deserved benefits.

Date: February 5, 2020

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