Department of Employment and Labour
Tariffs of assessment in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act have been drawn up.
The employment and labour department published the tariffs in Government Gazette 43959.
According to Section 83 (1) on assessment of employer, an employer shall be assessed or provisionally assessed by the department according to a tariff of assessment calculated on the basis of such percentage of the annual earnings of the employees as the department may deem necessary given the requirements of the Compensation Fund for the year of assessment.
The tariffs will apply from 1 March 2021.
According to the notice, the Compensation Fund adopts the 13 assessment classes but will phase in the new rates or tariffs over a five-year period.
The department points out that the household new rate of 1.04 is a newly introduced classification that will become effective once the CIODA Amendment Bill is enacted.
The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill was tabled in parliament in September 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.