Workmen Compensation

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Every employer does their best to ensure workplace safety. Still, accidents do happen at the worksites or offices where the employees can get severely injured. An employer needs to understand his/her legal responsibility to make their workplace in India safe. Buy employee compensation (EC) or workman compensation (WC) insurance to protect against lawsuits resulting from workplace accidents.

Unsure if you need it for your specific type of business?

Many business owners think there is no need to buy employee’s compensation insurance, and they can take care of the rare mishap as and when it might occur. Surprisingly, some business owners are even unaware of EC policy. Lack of awareness causes them significant financial losses resulting from lawsuits related to workplace accidents.

Understand the importance of buying this insurance and how it saves you from incurring financial and legal liabilities

Here are some common questions you may want to ask about this insurance policy before buying one:

What kind of businesses need an Employee Compensation policy?

Regardless of the type of business you run, there is always the risk of workplace accidents. Therefore, it is wise to invest in an Employee’s compensation insurance for your business. Similarly, the size or strength of your business does not matter. Whether you run a small business or a big established organization, you must buy this policy.

The reasons to buy this insurance can differ based on the risk factors associated with each industry. For instance, if your business involves labor-intensive activities, such as construction or mining, the risk of a worksite accident or mishap is considerably high. On the other hand, if yours is an IT company, you need to buy EC policy as per basic legal or contractual requirements as well as to minimize the risk of certain significant mishaps through good work practices.

 What Makes It Legally Necessary for You to buy EC Policy?

The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923, aims to offer compensation to the workmen or employees in case of an accident arising out of employment activities. Furthermore, if an employee suffers from an occupational disease, the employer will be held liable for the same and have to pay compensation.

This Act makes it important for every employer in India to know what an EC policy is and buy it too.

 What will you get on buying an Employee Compensation plan?

Buying an Employee Compensation policy comes with several advantages for you, such as:

  • Coverage for medical expenses arising from accidents caused during employment
  • Legal liability coverage related to a workplace accident
  • Occupational disease coverage, which varies from one industry to the other
  • Statutory liability cover in case of a workman’s death
  • Tax benefits on the EC policy premium paid

 Can an employee sue you because of a workplace injury?

You must know that as per the Worker’s Compensation Act, any of your employees can sue you for injuries caused to them in case of a workplace accident. If you do not have employee compensation, also known as workmen compensation insurance, you would have to pay for the compensation and the legal costs involved. However, you can avoid paying for all this by buying a WC policy.

As detailed above, buying this insurance is not limited to some specific industries only, but is required for all businesses. It is crucial that you gain knowledge about what a WC policy is before buying one.