Work Injury Compensation Act in Singapore: A Guide for Overseas Employers

Many countries have laws that compensate employees for injuries or illness sustained while working.  These are statutory rights that don’t usually need to be filed with a court, and are handled by an administrative body. 

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The purpose of these compensation rights is to place the responsibility for workplace injuries on the employer, regardless of fault.

Singapore has its own compensation statute, with very specific guidelines and some high compensation levels.  This guide will cover the basics, but if you have an employee that was injured at work, expert advice may be needed.

Who does the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) cover in Singapore?

The WICA covers all local or foreign employees regardless of salary level or nationality.  However, it does not cover self-employed contractors.  In the event of death, dependents of an employee can file the WICA claim.

Claims can be made for any injury or contracted illness as a result of work including the following situations:

  • The employee no longer works for the employer
  • The accident happened while on overseas assignments
  • The employee was on a flexi-work arrangement, such as work from home (home offices are equally subject to health and safety laws as well)

Claims can be made up to one year from the date of the accident, and do not require a lawyer to file.

What compensation can employees claim under WICA in Singapore?

All claims under WICA are paid by... read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd