Whatever. 17 year-old habits die hard

Employers and their admin personnel, especially those working with injury on duty related issues for the first time, often get confused when the term workmen's compensation comes up. Not to mention even more frequently used terms like the Workmen's Compensation Act or WCA.

So when exactly is it Compensation for Occupational Injuries and when does Workmen's Compensation apply? And what's the difference?

The answer is: It's all the same.

Until 1992 the South African government had the Workmen's Compensation Act which regulated and determined if, when, how and to whom the Fund would pay out after an employee got injured on the job.

When the new act, the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), was drafted in 1993, the government saw it as a good opportunity to "modernise" the act so that it measured up to the rest of South Africa's labour legislation.

Terminology used in the old Workmen's Compensation Act referred to a "workman", where the new labour legislation rather uses "employee" - also the more politically correct term. This left the law makers to drop "Workmen" in the Act's title and led to the current title of the COID act.

Changing the name of an act is all good and well, but the present title and its acronym just does not seem to stick. Even after 17 years with COIDA in place and operative, you'll hear (and read) Workmen's Compensation Act or WCA on daily basis.

It does not help that the term workmen's compensation is also the common name used throughout the world when referring to this particular form of social security. In leading countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and also the International Labour Organisation (ILO), it's the proper term used when referring to this kind of government insurance.

The best way to actually avoid any confusion is to partner with companies such as CompSol (Compensation Solution) which has years of experience working with this legislation and all the terms and aliases used within the industry.

Contact us for more information or ask us about our new product RELAY. Whether you call it IOD, WCA or Workman's Compensation, RELAY is the leader when it comes to managing claims with the minimal of effort.

Step 1 - Employer logs an injury on the CompSol system.Step 2 - Medical service providers are notified about the injured employee.Step 3 - Medical service provider logs all details on CompSol system and gets paid.