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Are employees allowed compensation for injuries resulting from work-related fights, particularly if the fight arose from dispute over work-related matters?

With the amendment under WICA, effective June 2012, employees injured in work-related fights will still be eligible for compensation, provided these injuries were sustained in any of the the following scenarios:

  • In the act of self-defence.
  • While defending another individual.
  • While acting under the employer or principal’s instructions or consent to:
    • Break up the fight
    • Safeguard lives or property
    • Maintain law and order
  • As a result of an assault to which he did not retaliate.

Only employees who deliberately participate in fights at the workplace, whether due to a dispute over work-related matters or not, and sustain injuries in the process are not eligible for work injury compensation.