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.
Disease due to work exposure to chemical or biological agentSecond Schedule for Occupational Diseases have been
will be compensable.
refined to include “Disease caused by excessive heat”, remove
“SARS” and “Avian Influenza”.
| Disallowing work-|
clause in WIC
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 |
When there are multiple insurance policies, employer’s
insurance will be the default policy used to satisfy a claim.
| Clarifying obligations |
under WICA and
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.
Courtesy from WSH Council. For more info, please visit http://www.wshc.sg