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Is your employee entitled to compensation if he gets injured while working outside of South Africa?

by , 23 April 2014
South Africa's membership to the Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRICS) group of countries has delivered real economic benefits. One of these benefits is that South African companies can now do business freely with any of these countries. But if your company does business in any of these countries or any other country, it's important you know how the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID) works. Read on to find out whether or not your employee is entitled to compensation if he gets injured while working outside of South Africa.

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Compensation and injury: Here's what happens if your employee is injured while working outside of South Africa

According to the experts behind the Health & Safety Advisor says if your employee is injured while working outside of South Africa, they're entitled to the same compensation as they would if the accident happened in South Africa (Section 23.1a of COIDA).

The compensation paid by the Commissioner will be based on the earnings your employee would've received while working in South Africa (Section 23.1b of COIDA).

But this only applies to temporary work outside of the country…

 

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Keep this point about COID in mind if your employees work outside of the country

If you send your employee to work outside of South Africa for 12 months or longer (for continuous work), he won't be entitled to compensation unless there's an agreement in writing between your employee, your company and the Director General.

And that why the Advisor says if your business is based outside of South Africa, you must have a written agreement with COID for compensation for your employees.


Knowing how COID works when an employee gets injured while working outside of South Africa will help ensure you fulfill all your COID requirements. Make sure you understand the facts, so you can live up to your duty and protect your employees' safety.



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