12 September 2022 by and Employment Law Alert

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act: Increase in monthly pensions and Amendment of Schedule 4

On 28 July 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour published notice 1275 of 2022 under Government Gazette 46884 (page 54), in terms of section 57(1) of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993, as amended (COIDA) which came into effect on 1 April 2022.

The Government Gazette firstly provides for an increase of 4,5% in respect of the monthly pensions payable in terms of sections 49(4) and 54(1) (a), (b), (c) and (d) of COIDA with regard to accidents that occurred before 31 March 2022, as well as occupational diseases diagnosed before 31 March 2022.

Secondly, it provides for an amendment to Schedule 4 for calculating compensation for accidents that occurred from 1 April 2022 as well as occupational diseases diagnosed from 1 April 2022.

Lastly, it provides for an increase in the maximum amount of earnings on which the assessment of an employer shall be calculated. R529,264 per employee per annum is now prescribed as the maximum amount on which an assessment of an employer shall be calculated, with effect from 1 April 2022.

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