Parliamentary readings of TyTAL

The President of the Republic approved the new Workers’ Compensation Act on 24 April 2015.

The Government’s legislative proposal for the Workers’ Compensation Act (HE 277/2014) was passed by Parliament in the second reading on 6 March 2015. 

The approved version was the one presented in the Social Affairs and Health Committee’s report (StVM 49/2014). The Employment and Equality Committee submitted its opinion (TyVL 18/2014) to the Social Affairs and Health Committee. Opinions were not sought from other parliamentary committees.  

The report of the Social Affairs and Health Committee included proposed amendments pertaining to five sections of the Workers’ Compensation Act:

  • Section 8 - reference to the Act on the Employment of Household Workers was      removed because the act has been repealed;
  • Section 62 – rehabilitation allowance was added to the section pertaining to the      deduction of employee payments;
  • Section 89 - work clinic and other similar institutions were removed as expired      terminology;
  • Section 221 - wording was changed to indicate that auditors are appointed by the      General Meeting and not the Board of Directors; and
  • Section 225 - reference to the managing director was added. 

In its report, the Committee presented the following comments:

  • Scope of application – legislative amendments pertaining to the accident cover for special groups (such as informal and family carers), excluded from the scope of the Act, must enter into force at the same time as the new Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Vocational rehabilitation – the Committee considers the efforts to improve vocational rehabilitation to be of particular merit.
  • Compensation for functional limitation – the Committee refers to its report 55/2009 in which it stated that the different principles for calculating the compensation for functional limitation of men and women should be waived.
  • Appeals  – the Committee is of the opinion that the fitness for purpose of appeal      committees should be reassessed.
  • Diseases caused by structural damp – the Committee is of the opinion that the      preparations for improving the position of persons exposed to microbial      contaminants caused by structural damp should be continued in order to ensure that those who have fallen ill can work in positions that correspond to their qualifications.
  • Prevention of occupational accidents and diseases – the Committee considers it      important that effective measures be taken to prevent disability caused by      occupational accidents and diseases. Furthermore, the Committee points out that the impact of other work-related illnesses on working ability and public health is even more important than occupational diseases. It is, therefore, essential to address the factors leading to musculoskeletal diseases and mental health problems at work, as well as in other spheres of life, in order to prevent disability.
  • Communications  – the Committee considers it extremely important that information about the legislative reform is appropriately disseminated to policyholders and      insured persons.

Two protests were attached to the Committee’s report, both pertaining to the illnesses caused by microbial contaminants caused by structural damp and the related compensations in situations when employees change jobs. Parliament’s plenary session did not approve the positions in the second reading.

Modified 31.08.2016