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Amendments to COIDA Published for comment

The Minister of Labour, have published the proposed amendments in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases, 2018 for public comment. Interested and affected parties are hereby invited to submit written representations on the proposed amendments in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill, 2018. The aforesaid representations must be marked for the attention of Mr William Mogashoa and hand delivered, sent by registered post or emailed, within 60 days of

Key highlights:

  1. Inclusion of Occupational diseases in definition of “accident”.
  2. Introduction of licensees (private compensation insurance providers)
  3. Introduction in inspectors for COID
  4. Rebates on good accident statistics (good news for the zero harm supporters)
  5. Introduction of administrative penalties and fines
  6. Some minor changes to headings and definitions, and a few new ones.
  7. Changes to transport and training of employees to be “in course of employment”
  8. Separation of RAF and COID claims to prevent double benefit from road accidents (other than employer provided transport).
  9. No change to Section 35 – Increased compensation and civil suits against employers

A new set of regulations under COID is also available for public comment. It intends to change the assessment model used by the Compensation Fund.

The current industry classes will be reduced to 6 including the introduction of Class 5 – Security Sector and Class 6 – Households.

The DOL approved Copy & Paste Devil (CPD) had played its part.

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