Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Employees who sustain injuries or died in a work-related accident are entitled to claim work injury compensation. Employees who contracted occupational diseases arising out of their work can also claim compensation under the Act.
The Work Injury Compensation Act covers all employees in general who are engaged under a contract of service or of apprenticeship, regardless of their level of earnings.
Compensation is payable when an employee suffers personal injury by accident rising out of and in the course of employment.
Compensation is also payable under the following circumstances:
Employers are required to report work-related accidents to MOM within the time stipulated below.
Failure to report a work-related accident is an offence which carries a fine of up to $5,000 for first-time offence, and a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail term up to six months for subsequent offences.
Under the Act, an injured employee is entitled to claim medical leave wages, medical expenses and compensation for permanent incapacity or death, if applicable. Employers are liable to pay work injury compensation as follows:
Medical expenses incurred within one year from the date of the accident, or up to a cap of $36,000, whichever is reached earlier.
Medical Leave Wages
These include (a) full pay up to 14 days for outpatient medical leave; and (b) full pay up to 60 days for hospitalization leave.
Beyond the abovementioned periods, 2/3 salary is payable up to a maximum period of one year following the date of accident, Public holidays, rest days and non-working days should be excluded from the number of medical leave granted to the employee.
Compensation for Permanent Incapacity
Lump sum compensation for permanent incapacity or death (after 1st January 2016) subjected to the following limits:
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