The Bill seeks to amend the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (“COIDA”), by including domestic workers in private households to claim compensation for occupational injuries and diseases.

 

Fundamental changes proposed in amendments to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) include the extension of coverage to domestic workers. The Compensation Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill calls for the change to the definition of “employee” to end the exclusion of domestic employees.

 

The prohibition of an employee from claiming compensation  under the Act if such employee is involved in an accident on a road not arising out of and in the course of an employee’s employment at the time of the accident.

 

The introduction of a rehabilitation, re-integration and return to work framework for injured and/or diseased employees into the workplace.

 

The reviewing of pension claims every 24 months for reassessing permanent disablement.

 

The application to reopen a claim by a medical practitioner for the payment of further medical costs.