Workers Compensation Act
- Commenced on 15 September 2000
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I – Preliminary
Part II – Compensation for injury
3. Employer’s liability
4. Fatal injuries
5. Permanent total incapacity
6. Permanent partial incapacity
7. Temporary incapacity
8. Calculation of earnings
9. Notification of accident
10. Notification by employer to labour officer
11. Medical examination and treatment
12. Agreement as to compensation
13. Computed assessment of disability
14. Determination of claims
15. Power of court to submit question of law
17. Effect of receipt of damages
19. Powers of Minister regarding insuranceThe Minister may, by regulations, make provision for—
20. Bankruptcy of employer
21. Contracting outAny contract or agreement, whether made before or after the commencement of this Act, by which a worker relinquishes any right to compensation from an employer for injury arising out of and in the course of the worker’s employment, shall be null and void insofar as it seeks to remove or reduce the liability of any person to pay compensation under this Act.
22. Liability in case of contract of work
23. Compensation not to be assigned, etc.Compensation payable under this Act shall not be capable of being assigned, charged or attached, and shall not pass to any other person by operation of law nor shall any claim be set off against that compensation.
Part III – Medical aid
24. Medical aid
25. Decisions of the court concerning treatment and medical reportsAll disputes as to the necessity for, or the character or sufficiency of, any medical aid provided or to be provided under this Part of the Act shall be determined by the court.
26. Procedures relating to claimsExcept where, after consultation with the labour advisory board, a contrary procedure is prescribed by the Minister by regulations, for particular categories of workers suffering injuries giving rise to compensation under this Act, the following procedure shall govern the payment of compensation—
Part IV – Occupational diseases
27. Compensation payable in respect of diseases
28. Employers duty to report scheduled diseasesWhenever a medical practitioner grants a certificate as is mentioned in section 27, it shall be the duty of the employer of the worker to make and submit, at once, a written report of the case giving all the particulars contained in the certificate to the labour officer of the area.
29. Liability to pay compensation
30. Fixing of dates
31. Presumption as to cause of diseaseIf a worker who becomes disabled by or dies of any disease mentioned in the Third Schedule to this Act was, within the period of twenty-four months immediately preceding the disablement or death, employed in any occupation mentioned in Column II of that Schedule in relation to that disease, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the disease was due to the nature of that employment.
32. Power of Minister to amend the Third Schedule
Part V – General
34. Offences by bodies of persons
35. Rules of courtThe Chief Justice may make rules of court for regulating proceedings before the court under this Act and for the fees payable in respect of those proceedings.
36. Workers and dependents outside Uganda
37. Power of Minister to amend the First ScheduleThe Minister may, by statutory instrument, with the approval of the Cabinet, amend the First Schedule to this Act.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
15 September 2000