By Marsh’s Joey Lim and Mercer’s Fiona Webster and Stephanie Rosseau
30 Oct 2019
Reforms of Singapore’s Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) will take effect on 1 Sep 2020 and aim to improve employees’ protection, increase employers’ certainty about their insurance obligations and reward safer workplaces. The bill passed parliament on 3 Sep 2019.
Here are key changes made by the WICA reforms:
– Increased compensation limits, effective 1 Jan 2020
– Faster processing of injury claims
– Employees’ right to consult a different doctor — without the employer's consent — if they are concerned that they have been unfairly or inadequately assessed for incapacity
– Increased fines for WICA breaches
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