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If you haven't registered your employees with COID, here's why you must

by , 02 July 2014
The Compensation for Occupational Injury or Disease Act, COID, the Compensation Fund and the Compensation Commissioner; these are all words you've heard before.

Labour professionals chuck these terms around whenever they discuss employees' rights. If you're on the outskirts of those discussions, you might not even know what the fuss is about.

Well, 'the fuss' is large because it's the law. So if you haven't registered for COID yet, here's why you MUST!

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COID rejects 80% of all claims! Will it reject yours?

 Register for COID if you don't want to break the law

COID is a government body. That means if you don't comply you're breaking the law right under government's nose. 
And when the commissioner finds out, he'll charge you with criminal offenses.
According to the Health and Safety Advisor, the commissioner gets all of the tax returns you submit for your employees from SARS. He'll take that information and if he sees you haven't registered to pay compensation tariffs for these employees, he'll be quick to press charges. 
But there's more than just your legal liability when it comes to COID registrations. Have you thought about your employees' rights? 

Your employees have a right to injury or illness compensation

Your employees have a right to work in a safety working environment. They also have the right to seek compensation if they have an injury at work or get sick.
This is their legal right. So if you don't register for COID, you're preventing your employees from fulfilling their legal right. 
The rule to remember here is your employee can claim from the compensation fund if he can't work (for more than three days) because of an injury. He must have received this injury at work though.
The bottom line: If you don't register for COID you're breaking the law and violating your employees' legal right! So get your COID form from a Compensation Fund office, the DoL or from www.labour.gov.za today and register. 
PS: Do you know your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer?
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 

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