Social Welfare (Occupational Injuries) Act, 1966

Employment contributions.

36.—(1) Every person, irrespective of age, who, on or after the appointed day, is employed in insurable (occupational injuries) employment shall be an employed contributor and references in the Acts to an employed contributor shall be construed accordingly.

(2) As respects an employed contributor who, but for subsection (1) of this section, would not be an employed contributor—

(a) in case he is under the age of sixteen years, no employment contributions shall be payable,

(b) in any other case (including a case in which he is over pensionable age) the weekly employment contributions shall consist of employers' contributions only of 2s. 1d. in the case of a male employed contributor and 1s. 6d. in the case of a female employed contributor.

(3) As respects an employed contributor who is an employed contributor by virtue of both section 4 of the Principal Act and subsection (1) of this section, the weekly rates of employers' contributions set out in the Second Schedule to the Principal Act shall each be increased by 2s. 1d. in the case of a male employed contributor and by 1s. 6d. in the case of a female employed contributor.

(4) An employment contribution payable by virtue of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of this section shall not be reckoned for the purposes of qualifying or re-qualifying any person for any of the benefits referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g) of subsection (1) of section 14 of the Principal Act.

(5) The occupational injuries insurance of any person shall be disregarded in determining his right to become or to continue to be a voluntary contributor and the rate of voluntary contribution payable in any case shall not be affected by such insurance.

(6) Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section 6 of the Principal Act is hereby extended so as to have effect where no services have been rendered during a week by the employed contributor and he has been in receipt of injury benefit for, or unemployability supplement referable to, the whole or any part of the week.

(7) References in subsections (4) and (5) of section 2, subsection (1) of section 42 and subsections (3) and (6) of section 49 of the Principal Act to insurable employment shall be construed as referring also to insurable (occupational injuries) employment.