The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.
The bill was tabled in parliament in September 2020.
The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 43658 at the end of August 2020.
Cabinet approved the bill in March 2020 for tabling in parliament.
Cabinet described the bill as extending coverage for occupational injuries and diseases to previously excluded vulnerable workers as well as the improvement of compensation benefits to employees in general.
The cabinet statement added that the bill now includes, amongst others, domestic workers under the category of employees for purposes of benefits in terms of the act.
It also proposes the rehabilitation and reintegration framework of injured and/or diseased employees into the workplace.
The bill seeks to amend the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993, so as to:
• amend, substitute, insert, delete and repeal certain definitions and sections;
• provide for matters pertaining to the Board and its members;
• provide for the Commissioner to perform certain functions that were previously performed by the Director-General;
• further provide for matters pertaining to the rehabilitation, re-integration and return to work of occupationally injured and diseased employees;
• regulate the use of health care services;
• provide for the Commissioner to review pension claims or awards;
• provide for administrative penalties;
• regulate compliance and enforcement; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.
The portfolio committee on employment and labour called for comment on the bill in December 2020 and public hearings were held in April 2021.
The committee adopted the bill with amendments.
The select committee on trade and industry, economic development, small business development, tourism, employment and labour will process the bill.