Parliament: New law passed to enhance compensation for work injuries

All non-manual employees earning up to $2,600 a month will need to be covered by work injury compensation insurance.
All non-manual employees earning up to $2,600 a month will need to be covered by work injury compensation insurance.PHOTO: ST FILE

A new law passed in Parliament yesterday will raise maximum insurance payouts for work-related injuries, and require around 300,000 more workers to be covered.

The Work Injury Compensation Bill 2019 raises the maximum compensation amount from Jan 1 next year by 10 per cent - to $225,000 for death and $289,000 for total permanent incapacity.

All non-manual employees earning up to $2,600 a month will need to be covered by work injury compensation insurance, not just those working in factories and earning below $1,600.

Among other things, the new law will also see employees placed on light duties due to work injuries receiving medical leave wages for up to two weeks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2019, with the headline 'New law passed to enhance compensation for work injuries'. Print Edition | Subscribe