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The Workmen’s Compensation Act of 1923 is a legislative act that was enacted in various countries to provide financial compensation and medical care to workers who suffer injuries or disabilities arising out of and in the course of their employment. The act was designed to protect workers and their families from the financial hardships resulting from workplace injuries or accidents.

Key provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Act typically include:

  1. Coverage: The act generally covers employees who suffer from work-related injuries, illnesses, or disabilities. It often applies regardless of fault, meaning that employees can receive compensation even if their own actions contributed to the injury.
  2. Compensation: The act establishes a system for providing compensation to injured workers. This compensation typically includes payments for medical expenses, lost wages, disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation services.
  3. Employer Responsibilities: The act outlines the responsibilities of employers in providing a safe working environment and reporting workplace injuries or accidents. Employers are usually required to carry workers’ compensation insurance or provide some form of self-insurance to cover the cost of compensation benefits.
  4. Claims Process: The act establishes procedures for filing and processing workers’ compensation claims. This may involve submitting a claim to the employer or insurer, undergoing medical evaluation, and participating in any necessary hearings or appeals.
  5. Dispute Resolution: The act may include provisions for resolving disputes between injured workers, employers, and insurers. This could involve mediation, arbitration, or adjudication through administrative agencies or the court system.
  6. Penalties: The act may impose penalties on employers who fail to comply with its provisions, such as fines or other sanctions for non-compliance.

The specific details and implementation of the Workmen’s Compensation Act can vary from one jurisdiction to another. Many countries have updated and amended their workers’ compensation laws since the original enactment in 1923 to address changing workplace conditions, emerging health hazards, and evolving legal standards.