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New rules in South Africa concerning employees contracting Covid-19 at work

South Africa’s Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued a new directive concerning workers who contract Covid-19 while doing their jobs. The directive regulates how a compensation fund for claims made by employees who contracted the virus in the line of duty functions, based on the levels of risk and exposure to Covid-19 they face in their work environment.

“In terms of Section 45 of the Coida, the Compensation Fund is obliged to consider all claims submitted for compensation and adjudicate all claims to determine liability. In carrying out this task, the fund peruses all information submitted to make an operative decision.

“In addition to exposure and clinical history, the fund also considers the inherent risk posed by various categories of work and occupations,” the ministry stated.

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