Work Injury Compensation Insurance
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As an Employer in Singapore, you have a statutory obligation to ensure your employees receive the right compensation when they are injured or fall ill while working for you.
What does Work Injury Compensation Insurance cover?
The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) lets employees make claims for work-related injuries or diseases without having to file a civil suit under common law. It is a low-cost and quicker alternative to common law for settling compensation claims.
You can claim under WICA if you were injured in a work accident or suffered a disease due to work. You don't have to engage a lawyer to file a WICA claim.
Who is covered under the act?
The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) covers any employee who is under a contract of service or contract of apprenticeship, regardless of salary, age or nationality. It doesn’t cover:
- Independent contractors and the self-employed.
- Domestic workers
- Uniformed personnel - members of the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Central Narcotics Bureau and Singapore Prison Service
What you can claim?
Under the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA), you can claim for the following types of compensation benefits:
- Medical leave wages - The accident happened while on a flexible-work arrangement that you agreed with your employer.
- Medical expenses, including your hospital bills, medication and other charges, due to the work injury.
- Lump-sum compensation for Permanent Incapacity, current incapacity or Death.
Employers convicted for the non-payment of work injury compensation within the stipulated timeline or failure to insure and maintain insurance under the WICA may be liable to a fine or imprisonment.
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