When is increased or decreased compensation paid?

If an employer has not followed a state or federal safety order and an injury results, the employer must pay 15 percent increased compensation, up to a maximum of $15,000. This is in addition to any other compensation. Payment is due even if the employee's carelessness caused the injury.

If you believe that you should be paid increased compensation because your employer did not observe a safety order, you may apply for a hearing and must prove that your employer was at fault.

If a worker fails to follow published and enforced safety rules, compensation may be decreased by 15 percent, but not by more than $15,000.

Double or treble compensation may be due for injuries to minors who do not have valid work permits. It is the UW Superior's responsibility to make sure that minors have valid working permits.

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