Thursday, September 27, 2012

Changes to the Work Injury Compensation Act to take effect on 1 June 2012

21 May 2012

The amendments to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) will take effect on 1 June 2012. Employers are reminded to take note of the changes to their liabilities as an employer and to ensure that they maintain adequate insurance coverage for their workforce.

  Updating the
  compensation limits

  Limits have been increased to account for increase in nominal
  wages and healthcare costs.
  compensation for
  work-related fights

  While work disputes may arise from time to time, employees
  should not resort to fights to resolve them, and employers
  should not have to bear the cost of such injuries.
  Exceptions will be allowed such as when exercising private
  defence, instructed to break up fight, safeguard life/property or
  maintain law and order. 

  Expanding scope of

  Disease due to work exposure to chemical or biological agent
  will be compensable.
  Second Schedule for Occupational Diseases have been
  refined to include “Disease caused by excessive heat”, remove
  “SARS” and “Avian Influenza”.
  Disallowing work-
  related exclusion
  clause in WIC
  insurance policies

  Insurers will be required to make compensation payment even
  if there are work-related exclusions. Insurers will be able to
  seek contractually from employer.
  Clarifying liability of
  employer’s insurer

  When there are multiple insurance policies, employer’s
  insurance will be the default policy used to satisfy a claim.
  Clarifying obligations  
  under WICA and
  common law

  Claimants who filed a common law claim but subsequently
  wish to file a claim under WICA have to do so within one year of
  accident. Beyond this one year timeframe, the claim will not be
  admitted under WICA.


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