WSH Bulletin, 4 September 2020: WICA 2019 requires employers to report all accidents resulting in leave or light duty, and compensate for light duty

WSH Bulletin, 4 September 2020: WICA 2019 requires employers to report all accidents resulting in leave or light duty, and compensate for light duty

Sep 04, 2020

4 September 2020, Ref: 2021046

WICA 2019 requires employers to report all accidents resulting in leave or light duty, and compensate for
light duty

 

The new Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA 2019) will commence on 1 September 2020. Employers must meet the new requirements for all accidents with effect from
1 September 2020.

 

The two key changes are:

1. Previously, employers were required to report to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for
    all occupational diseases as well as any work injury that leads to death, with more
    than 24 hours of hospitalisation, or more than 3 days of MC. Now, they must report 
    the accident to MOM, if the worker suffers from the following:

      • Work injury that leads to:
            – Outpatient/Hospitalisation Leave; or
            – Light duties; or
            – Death
      • Occupational disease

 

2. Employers must also compensate for any loss of income when workers are on
    light duties:

      • For the first 14 days of outpatient leave or light duties: Employers must
        compensate the full average monthly earnings (AME). Workers should
        be compensated for the difference between their full AME and actual salary
        while they are on light duties.
      • From the 15th day onwards, up to 1 year from the accident: Employers
        must compensate 2/3 of the AME. Workers should be compensated for the
        difference between 2/3 of the AME and the actual salary while they are on
        light duties.

 

Find out more about the reporting requirements for employers here

 

Find out more about the light duty compensation here.

 

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