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Incapacitated Workers (Wages)

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 11 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that in the event of a member of the Women's Land Army being injured the employer is expected to pay full wages during incapacity and, at the same time, to pay full wages to a substitute employee; that the only means available for the employer of obviating the double payment of wages is to tender notice of dismissal to the injured employee; and whether he will consider remedying this injustice to injured workers?

The employer of a. Women's Land Army member (or of any other agricultural worker) who falls sick is under legal obligation to continue to pay full wages until he has given the employee notice terminating the employment and that notice has expired The Workmen's Compensation Acts provide, however, that wages are not payable concurrently with compensation under those Acts, so that where a Women's Land Army member is incapacitated as the result of an injury at work, and she is entitled to receive compensation during incapacity, there is no obligation upon her employer to continue to pay her wages in addition.