LTH408Work Injury Compensation Act and Its Practical Application


Work Injury Compensation is a benefit mandated by the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA). In Singapore, as long as you are working under a contract of service, you shall be covered under this legislation. Regardless of how safe an employer may try to make his workplace, on-the-job accidents and job related illness, unfortunately, may still occur. Workers’ compensation has become increasingly complicated and costly over the years.


Course Fee SGD 480
Course Duration 1 Day
Course Timing 9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Venue 190 Clemenceau Avenue
SDF Approved Yes
Skills Future Credit Yes
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It is essential for HR practitioners and those in charge of making claims to understand how to comply with WICA. This is so that employees receive the full and correct benefit under WICA. This will, in return, show that the employer is a caring and welfare oriented employer, especially when an accident happens at the workplace.

In this training programme, you will learn whether it is compulsory to purchase WICA’s insurance, medical insurance, claims procedures under MOM or to pursue a tort action under common law, compensation payable during work cum leisure, working at home and most importantly, you will learn whether under the Infectious Diseases Act, if the employer has the legal right and obligations to safeguard his employees against the H7N9 virus whilst in the course of employment.

At the end of this workshop, delegates can be assured that they will be more competent in their understanding of WICA and its application.

State what workmens’ compensation is Background and purpose of workmens’ compensation legislation. The persons covered, the person is liable to pay compensation, those who can claim compensation. Whether WICA’s insurance and medical insurance are compulsory and whether there are exceptions. Definition of strict liability and “arising and out of in the course of employment”. Benefits and disadvantages for employers and employees. Procedures for making claims with Ministry of Manpower. Proceed with WICA or tort suit under common law. Employer’s legal rights and obligation to safeguard their employees against H7N9 while in the course of employment.

A competent HR practitioner must have the skills and knowledge in the following:

Background and Purpose of WICA. • WICA versus Tort, common law • WICA versus personal accident insurance.

Category of employees covered and liabilities of the employer. • Single and Multiple employers’ coverage. • Statutory and common law employees’ eligibility. • Regular, part-time, fixed employment contract etc. • Locals, SPR, Foreigners.

Compensation payable and under what circumstances • Strict liability versus liability under tort. • Employer’s fault. • Employee’s fault. • The formula for compensation payable. • Contributory negligence. • Death, permanent disabilities and temporary disabilities.

Coverage of insurance • Statutory requirements or employer’s discretion and who are exempted. • WICA Insurance premium on a single company or group of companies. • Personal accident insurance. • Medical insurance.

Accidents are arising “out and in the course of employment.” • Going to work and leaving work for home. • During tea/lunch break and in/out of the company’s premise. • Singapore and out of Singapore. • Working hours and non-working hours. • Differentiation between duty and leisure

Defences • Intentional act. • Under the influence of controlled drugs or alcohol. • Contributory negligence.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Workmens’ Compensation • Amount of benefits from WICA or damages under tort action. • Cost involvement under WICA and tort suit. • Medical expenses entitlement. • Payout duration. • Claim under WICA and tort action together or separate. • Hospitalisation and sick leave entitlements.

Procedures for filing a claim under WICA with Ministry of Manpower • Duty to report by the employee. • Duty to report by the employer. • Timeline for reporting. • Penalty for failure to report to MOM. • Notice of assessment. • Disputing the compensation under the notice of assessment. • Notice of objection. • Penalties for default of payment.

Human Resource Practitioners, auditors

Lecture and case study.

Arthur Khong

Arthur Khong

Arthur Khong is a highly sought after trainer for workshops in Singapore employment laws and industrial relations. Arthur has been an active workshop leader since 2007.

Arthur first embarked on his career in human resource management with Western Digital in 1993. To-date, he has held several senior Human Resource positions including: General Manager, Human Resources - Keppel Energy Pte Ltd Group Regional Vice President - Yeo Hiap Seng Ltd Director of Human Resource - Far East Organization, Hotel Group Director of Human Resource - Goodwood Park Hotel. Aurtur Khong left his last job with Keppel Energy in June 2013 to start the HR Law Academy where he conduct training and provide consultancy in Singapore employment laws and industrial relations legislation and practices.

In his 22 years’ career span in human resource management, Arthur has held regional human resource responsibilities for overseas subsidiaries in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Brazil and the USA. He is also experienced in industrial relations management as all the companies that he has worked for are unionised companies, some even with multiple unions. Prior to embarking on his human resource management career, Arthur was with the Singapore Police Force as a Senior Police Officer.

Arthur is an Adjunct Faculty with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University). He started his lecture stint at SIM University in 2009. He lectures on the following modules:- Employment Laws and Legal Issues; Employment and Industrial Relations; and Human Resource Management.

Arthur is the author of the ‘Human Resource Practitioners’ Guide to Employment Laws (Fourth edition, 2017’, ‘Human Resource Practioners Guide to Industrial Relations (1st edition, 2015)’, and Human Resource Practitioners Guide in Drafting Employment Contract, and HR Policies and Procedures (1st edition, 2017). These guidebooks seek to outline the employment laws and industrial relations in Singapore in simple language to give HR Practitioners a better understanding of the rights and obligations of both the employer and the employee.

Arthur possesses the following academic qualifications:

  • Master of Management (HR Management) from Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from the Singapore Institute of Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Manitoba
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of London
  • Diploma in Training and Development from Singapore Institute of Management
  • Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from National University of Singapore.

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • Executive Council Member of Singapore Human Resource Institute
  • Non-Practitioner Member of the Law Society of Singapore Fellow Member of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Past Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of Industrial Relations Panel of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
  • Chairman of Industrial (Other Areas) Group of SNEF

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