Domestic workers

Domestic workers and employer compliance

Pippa Hudson spoke with attorney and general counsel, Tertius Wessels, about the challenges employers face when trying to comply with the Work Injury and Illness Compensation Act.

Last year, South Africans who employed domestic workers were asked to register with the Occupational Injuries and Diseases Compensation Act (COIDA).

Employers were asked to pay annual contributions to cover their employees. This would allow domestic workers to claim damages, disabilities and illnesses incurred at work.

However, there have been several challenges, not only for ordinary people but also for large-scale employers who want to comply. Pippa Hudson spoke with attorney and general counsel, Tertius Wessels, about the difficulties in complying with COIDA.

Wessels said applying was an administrative nightmare and the available online portal was barely functional. However, he added that as long as there was proof that an employer had taken the initiative to cover their employees, legal protections would be available to them.

As long as one is able to show that they went through the initial registration process, whether or not it was done online and whether or not it was done in person at one of the work centers, at least it should serve as a form of protection for an employer.

Tertius Wessels, Attorney and General Counsel – Strata-g Labor Solutions

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