Workers Compensation

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Compensation | April 28
2013
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Final Paper| Arnold Zio HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Spring/ Hewitt|

Workers Compensation

The workers compensation Act of 1987 came into force on 30 June 1987 and apply to the injuries of workers on the jobsite from June 30th 1987. Subsequent legislative changes has been made to the Workers Compensation Act of 1987, and the related legislation that are relevant to matters that were covered in the Guidelines. This includes an Amendments passed in 1989 that restored limited entitlements, retrospective to 30 June 1987which was for only the seriously injured workers to sue their employer for damages at common law. Those provisions included an eligibility threshold related to the seriousness of the worker’s injury. Amendments effective from 1 February 1992 increased the maximum workers compensation lump sum entitlements for permanent pain and suffering by 25 per cent.

This reduces the level of the common law eligibility threshold so that larger numbers of injured workers would qualify for common law claims depending on the individual claim and the type, nature and severity of the work related injury, an injured worker may be eligible for weekly benefits, permanent impairment benefits, medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses, property damage expenses, Death benefits and lastly funeral expenses may be payable when a worker dies as a result of a workplace injury. These Benefits may be payable under the: Workers Compensation Act 1987,The Workers Compensation Act 1987 the re 1926 Act, The Workers Compensation Dust Diseases Act of 1942, Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998. Worker's base weekly compensation rate is calculated as [75%] of the worker's spendable earnings or spendable base wage at a maximum weekly rate. The Spendable base wage approximates a worker's earnings less withholdings. Withholding amounts take into account the maximum number of personal exemptions allowed to the...
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