The purpose of the investigation has been to ensure that the annuity in the workers’ compensation insurance fulfills its function of providing financial security in the event of a work-related injury. The assignment has included analyzing the need for changes to the current exemptions in occupational injury protection in the event of infection, as well as the need to adapt the protection for work at home. In an additional assignment, the investigation analyzed how the financing of occupational injury insurance can be changed to create incentives for employers to prevent occupational injuries and counter long sick leave.
The investigator has been Dan Holke, labor law lawyer and former chief legal officer at LO-TCO Legal Protection.
The overall purpose of workers’ compensation insurance is to ensure that those who are injured or become ill as a result of their work do not suffer financially. Workers’ compensation insurance is based on the principle that those who, through accidents or illness, are injured by their work have the right to higher compensation from social insurance than in the case of injuries that occur outside of work.
In order to create the security that insurance is for, there has been a need to review the regulations of the Occupational Injury Insurance. In addition, the covid-19 pandemic actualized important questions that needed to be answered by the investigation. The insurance must be equal for everyone who is covered by it and give women and men equal protection. For the individual, it is important to know what requirements the insurance makes and what it covers.
– I would like to thank Dan Holke and his office, who have had an important task of reviewing the regulations for workers’ compensation insurance. It has been a complex and extensive assignment. I look forward to reading the report. It will now be prepared further in the Government Office as usual, says Minister for the Elderly and Social Insurance Anna Tenje.