Category Archives: Work Injury

Does Work Injury Medical Leave Wages Include Public Holidays and Rest Days?

If your employee is hospitalized for 20 days, and 4 of those days are Rest Days and Public Holidays, how will we calculate his/her Medical Leave Wages?

Medical Leave Wages under Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) are not payable for non-working days (e.g. Rest Days, Public Holidays), and thus such days should be excluded accordingly. This is the same for the normal Sick Leave and Hospitalisation Leave, where non-working days are excluded as well.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Medical Leave Wages


Injured during Overseas Business Trip. Can I claim for Work Injury Compensation?

The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) allows most employees to claim for work-related injuries, and such includes medical leave wages, medical costs, and compensation (for permanent incapacity).

If you are injured during work, and it is due to the work that caused the injury, you can make a work injury claim, even if that happens overseas.

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Work Injury Coverage

Does Work Trial attract the attention of Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)?

Work trial – by definition for the purpose of this post – refers to the trial of a candidate’s competence towards a job. Such can involve performing the job for a few hours (e.g. 2 hours).

Some may ask, “what happens if the candidate injured himself/herself during the job trial? Are we liable to pay compensation as per the Work Injury Compensation Act?”

It should be a NO, as the act covers employees who are under a contract of service. In this case, there is no such contract existing and therefore company should not be liable. Having said that, I can’t say that on the possibility of compensation under Common Law.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Who is Covered

Are Interns covered under Work Injury Compensation Act?

The Act covers any employees under a contract of service (meaning hired by the company itself), as well as covering contact of apprenticeship. Therefore, Interns are covered by the Act. You are obliged to pay any medical fees and grant the respective medical leave when applicable.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Who is Covered

Is there a limit on Work Injury Medical Wages?

Yes, there is. Just like your normal Sick Leave and Hospitalisation Leave Entitlements, it will be 14 days and 60 days respectively. If you exceed, you are still entitled to the leave, but you will only be paid 2/3 of your average monthly salary.

Do remember that these leave shall be separated from the normal Sick Leave Entitlement under the Employment Act.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Sources – Medical Leave Wages

Who is covered under Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)?

Some would say anyone under the Employment Act. Some say Managers are not covered. Some highlighted only Operatives (Non-Office) are covered.

Under the Act, all employees are covered, with a few exceptions:

  1. Uniformed Personnel of our Civil Service (e.g. SAF, SPF)
  2. Domestic Workers
  3. Self-Employed Personnel
  4. Independent Contractors

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Who is Covered