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Purpose Of The Board
The Workers' Compensation Fund Control Board is a social security institution established by Act No. 10 of the Laws of Zambia, to provide mainly for; the establishment and administration of the Fund for compensation of Workers disabled by occupational accidents or diseases; the payment of compensation to dependants of workers who die as a result of occupational accidents or diseases; the payment of contributions to the Fund by employers.
In 1999 parliament passed legislation to repeal the Workers’ Compensation Cap 271 and the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Cap 217 in order to merge the two schemes which operated independently hitherto. The repealing of the two Acts resulted in the current Workers’ Compensation Act No. 10 of 1999 of the Laws of Zambia. Prior to the merger, the Workers’ Compensation Board was responsible for accidents and scheduled diseases arising out of and in the course of employment while the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Board was responsible for lung diseases caused by silica in the mines.
To strive towards service excellence in providing social security services.
To effectively, efficiently and professionally administer a quality employment injury and occupational disease scheme that embraces service excellence in the provision of compensation to all beneficiaries.
3. Honesty and integrity
4. Fairness and equity
5. Accountability and transparency
6. Team spirit
7. Corporate social responsibility
The first attempt to establish a social security scheme for the protection of workers against occupational accidents and diseases was made in 1930 under the Workmen’s ( non native )Compensation Ordinance. However, this scheme was limited in scope and racial in concept. In 1944 the Workmens' Compensation Ordinance No. 2 of 1944 was passed to amend and extend the law with respect to compensation for disablement caused by accidents or diseases contracted by worker in the course of their employment, or for death resulting from such contingencies.
Extensive amendments were then made to the Workmen's Compensation Ordinance in line with the social and economical developments resulting in the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance No. 65 of 1963 which replaced insurance companies licensed to write Workmen’s Compensation business with a non - profit making scheme administered and controlled by a Workmen's Compensation Board. Further legislative changes were made in 1972 to revise the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance to Workmen’s Compensation Act , Cap. 509 and also in 1995 to revise it from the Workmen’s Compensation Act to Workers’ Compensation Act under Cap 271.
LEGAL FRAMEWORK GOVERNING THE WCFCB
The Workers’ Compensation Act No. 10 of 1999 of the Laws of Zambia provides the legal framework governing the establishment and administration of the Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board. This Act is intended to provide for:
· Compensation of workers for disabilities suffered or diseases contracted during the course of employment;
· The merger of the functions of the Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board and the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Board;
· The establishment and administration of the Fund for the compensation of workers disabled by accidents occurring, or diseases contracted in the course of employment;
· Payment of compensation to dependants of workers who die as a result of occupational accidents or diseases
· The payment of contributions to the Fund by employers;
· The appointment and powers of a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, the establishment and functions of a Workers’ Compensation Tribunal; and to provide for matters connected with and incidental to the foregoing.
HOW TO COMPLY WITH THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT
All eligible employers are required to register with the Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board by completing and submitting an Employer Registration Form No. 14 within fourteen days of commencement of business activities. If you did not register within the stipulated time at commencement of your business, you are still obliged by law to complete the registration form subject to back dating of assessments due to the Board for coverage purposes. The Employer Registration Form is available at all Compensation Offices and on the website under Statutory Forms.