From CompliNEWS | Financial Service Intelligence

The Director General of Employment and Labour Thobile Lamati has, by notice in the Government Gazette, reminded all employers that failure to comply with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COID Act), was a punishable offence, reports Wyndham Hartley for CompliNEWS.

Lamati also reminded employers that in terms of the Act they had to register with the Compensation Commissioner and to provide all particulars in connection thereof and that they were required to keep records of earnings and particulars of employees, and to produce such upon request.

‘Section 82 of the Act requires all employers to furnish the Commissioner with an accurate Return of Earnings on an annual basis,’ he said.

He also pointed out that section 83 of the Act indicated that the Director-General shall assess an employer according to a tariff on the basis of a percentage of annual earnings.

‘Failure to comply with the prescripts of the COID Act constitutes an offence in terms of this legislation. Based on the above prescripts, notice is hereby given, that the Compensation Fund will embark on employer engagements, site visits and audits in establishing effective registration and compliance to the COID Act. Employers, both registered and unregistered, including domestic employers are hereby encouraged to ensure effective registration and compliance with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries & Diseases Act; and are informed to expect site visits and audits by representatives of the Compensation Fund,’ Lamati said.