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Singapore: Work Injury Compensation Act 2019 Updates

From September 1, 2020, there are some new additions to the Work Injury Compensation Act 2019.

 

Below is a brief outline of the changes and what they mean for employers:

 

  • Employers must report any instances of leave arising from a work injury, including light duties
  • Claims are considered made when the employer is notified of the accident
  • Compensations can be based on a multiple of basic monthly salary
  • Compensation can be based on current incapacity assessment
  • Employers are liable to compensate for the shortfall in earnings when their employees are on light duties
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) may allow for doctor-switching for current or permanent incapacity assessment
  • There is greater recourse for employers to recover compensation paid out based on error or fraud
  • There are increased penalties for offenses