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The best way to comply with COID: Submit your Return of Earnings statement by 30 April!

by , 16 April 2013
The family of protester Andries Tatane has filed a compensation lawsuit for loss of support and emotional damage for his widow and two children. Tatane died two years ago after police used rubber bullets and batons to subdue him during a service delivery protest. Do you know what to do if employees or their dependants file a compensation lawsuit against your company? Here's how to make sure you comply with The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.

 
Lawyers for Tatane's family filed a compensation lawsuit for loss of support and emotional damage.
 
This comes after the Ficksburg Regional Court acquitted seven policemen accused of Tatane's death as the state could not prove its case of murder and assault beyond reasonable doubt, says The Mail & Guardian Online
 
Best you take notice, as your business could also face a claim for compensation under The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA), as it provides compulsory compensation for all employees under a contract of employment, for the death or personal injury suffered in the course of their employment, says SheqAfrica.
 
This offers protection for all employees under a contract of employment by providing for the payment of benefits to the employee or his dependents if he is injured or dies in the course of performing his duties, as in the Tatane case. 
 
But claims will only be paid if they're submitted in the correct way and within the prescribed time limits, explains SheqAfrica.
 
Here's when employees CAN'T claim compensation
 
Compensation claims won't be paid, they're instituted more than 12 months after the accident or death of the employee or the occupational disease is diagnosed, or if the employee was off work for three days or less, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
And as an employer, you have a legal obligation to register with the Compensation Commissioner.
 
Another compensation deadline to take note of: Submit your Return of Earnings statement by 30 April!
 
You'll also have to keep a register of the earnings and other prescribed particulars of all their employees, and remember to submit your Return of Earnings statement to the Department of Labour by 30 April 2013 – you can now do so online, says FSP Business.
 
The Compensation Commissioner uses your Return of Earnings to assess the wages you've paid to your workers throughout the year.
 
He includes the risks associated with the type of work your company does as part of the assessment to determine the tariff you'll need to pay.  
 
If you don't submit your return of earnings statement to the Compensation Commissioner, he'll assess your business based on his estimation of your earnings, which could result in heavy fines, says the Health and Safety Advisor.
 
So make sure you've registered with the Compensation Commissioner and submit your Return of Earning statement before the 30 April deadline!
 
It's the only way to ensure you comply with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.
 

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