Work men’s compensation payout is provided to workers who are injured during and in the course of employment and to dependents for deceased workers whose deaths are related to employment.

Minister for Employment, Jone Usamate emphasized this after receiving queries from member of the public in Labasa while holding public consultations in the Northern Division last week.

Usamate stresses that for an injured worker to qualify for work men’s compensation, he or she has to be on work related sick leave for 3 or more consecutive days to qualify for compensation.

He adds, Under the Workmen’s Compensation Act the injury is to be reported within 14 days and death cases within 7 days upon the employer having knowledge of the accident and death.

He adds that compensation cases are to be filed within 3 years from the date of injury or death. All compensation cases received are to be processed within a 6 year processing time-frame.

The injured worker is entitled to a maximum of 260 weeks which is equivalent to 5 years of continuous sick leave and the employer is required to pay two-third weekly wages.

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