SBA Stone Forest’s work-related injury insurance seminar in Shanghai on 18 October 2012 drew participants who were keen to gain insights into one of the hottest human resource management topics in recent years.

This topic has gained much attention lately in the workplace, as businesses face the challenge of identifying work-related injuries in the absence of clear regulatory guidelines. Such a challenge is compounded by difficulty in finding evidence that show the injuries arise from hazards in the job.

At the seminar, Mr Xu Huixiang, Workplace Injury Expert of the Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, provided participants with an in-depth explanation of key work-related injury issues and relevant advice.

Among the key issues covered was the scope of definition of work-related injury. Work-related injury refers to an injury sustained by the worker in the course of his or her work or in activities related to the person’s job responsibilities.

Such injuries include both physical injuries as well as health problems that arise from the job. However, they exclude injuries resulting from activities such as crime, illegal drugs, and self-inflicted injury even if these take place at work. The scope of definition of work-related injury would, if applicable, determine the circumstances for which the employee may claim work-related injury compensation under the law.

The seminar also highlighted regulatory updates in China that expand the scope of situations covered by work-related injury insurance, simplify work-related injury identification procedures, and increase the amount of work-related injury compensation. Also highlighted was the enforcement of Chinese law requiring employers to maintain adequate work-related injury compensation insurance.