Employers who are running a business with one or more employees must register with the Compensation Commissioner and provide all particulars in connection thereof.
This is as per a notice issued last week by the Director General of Employment and Labour informing employers of COIDA (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act) compliance and intentions to conduct employer COIDA audits and employer site visits. The notice falls under the amendment to the terms of the COIDA Act and Regulations of 1993 (Act No 130 of 1993).
Section 81 of the COIDA Act requires employers to keep records of earnings and particulars of employees, and to produce such upon request, while Section 82 of the Act requires all employers to furnish the Commissioner with an accurate Return of Earnings on an annual basis.
Further, Section 83 of the Act indicates 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 offense in terms of this legislation.
Says the EOHCB (Employers’ Organisation for Hairdressing Cosmetology Beauty): “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 and Diseases Act; and are informed to expect site visits and audits by representatives of the Compensation Fund.”
Enquiries in this regard can be made through the CF Call Centre at 08600 105 350 / 0800 32 1322 or CFCallCentre@labour.gov.za