On the 12thof March earlier this year Kaya Biz covered the story of how Domestic workers in South Africa who suffer injury or contract an illness at work now have a practical mechanism to apply for compensation.
We also had a conversation with Compensation Fund commissioner, Vuyo Mafata who explained how the new law would be enforced.
If you missed that interview click here for more information: Domestic workers can now claim for on-duty injury and illness
Kaya Biz had a follow up conversation to the newly gazetted law on how to access the compensation. Gugulethu Mfuphi spoke to Thabang Rapuleng, Director in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Derrer Hofmeyr to share further information on who benefits and who doesn’t, and what documentation is required.
Listen to the full conversation here:
“On the 10thof March, the Department of Labour submitted a notice on the registration of domestic workers by employers in the terms of Section 80 of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida) regulations. These regulations introduce new rules in terms of domestic workers, in essence, making provision for them to be covered.”
How do you register your employee
Rapuleng stressed that it is the responsibility of the Employers to complete documents to register their workers and that if the employee doesn’t get registered they have been urged to alert the Department of Labour for them to intervene.
What you will need to register your domestic worker
- A completed CF-1E Form (Application for the registration of the domestic worker-employer)
- Proof of the employer’s residential address
- A copy of the employment contract
- Copies of the ID documents, passports, or similar form of identification for both employer and employee
To cover your workers against occupational diseases, injuries and death, you must register with the Compensation Fund. You can register online. The fund covers an employee who is: permanently employed as a domestic worker in a boarding house an apprentice or trainee farm worker and a worker paid by a labour agency. Find out more about registering with the Compensation Fund or contact the Compensation Fund. Tel: 0860 105 350