Domestic workers are now covered by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA). This law provides for the payment of compensation to employees who suffer injuries or contract diseases while performing their work duties through the Compensation Fund. In the case of a death as a result of a work-related injury or disease, the Fund allows for compensation to the deceased employee’s dependents. This factsheet details the four main types of compensation payments under COIDA and explains how domestic workers can claim from the compensation fund.
Similar to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), it is the responsibility of employers to register their employees and make contributions to the Compensation Fund once a month. Please see this notice for more information about how employers can register employees.