This bill proposes to extend benefits to domestic workers.
COIDA is a national law that provides for employees to claim compensation from the Compensation Fund for injuries, illnesses or diseases sustained in the course of their employment, or death resulting from such injuries or diseases. In its current form COIDA expressly excludes domestic workers from the definition of “employee” and precludes them from claiming from the Compensation Fund for work-related injuries, illnesses or death.
Domestic workers injured on duty or sustain diseases stand to benefit from the amendment of Compensation for occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) Bill.
The COID Act currently excludes extending benefits to domestic workers in case they are injured on duty or sustain diseases.
The COID amendments are in line with international labour standards. Both the domestic employer and employees will be required to register as such respectively in accordance with the provisions of the amended Act.
The most significant amendments proposed to the Act are to enact the provisions regulating:
- Inclusion of domestic workers under the category of employees for purposes of benefits in terms of the Act.
- Rehabilitation and Reintegration framework of injured and/or diseased employees into the workplace;
- Administrative amendments
- Improvement of some benefits
The Compensation Funds (CF), an entity of the Department of Labour on Monday (19 November 2018) started hosting a national series of public hearings on the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases amendment Bill.
The Compensation for occupational Injuries and Diseases Act applies to all employers; and casual and full time worker who, sustain workplace accident (are injured, disabled or killed); or work related diseases.