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Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007

Schedule 6 - Schedule to be inserted in the Pneumoconiosis Order

Schedule 6 inserts the Schedule in the Pneumoconiosis Order which defines a “relevant employer” as any person by whom the person was employed in a prescribed occupation at any time during the period he was developing the disease and against whom he might have or might have had a claim for damages in respect of the disablement.

The following periods of employment would be disregarded for the purposes of determining whether there is a relevant employer:

  • those that ended more than 20 years before the date on which the employee’s claim for industrial injuries disablement benefit was determined (or, in the case of a claim from a dependant, where such a date does not exist, from the date of the death of the sufferer); and

  • in cases of diffuse mesothelioma, any employment which began not more than 15 years before that date.

A person is not a relevant employer if, disregarding the periods of employment mentioned in the previous paragraph, the period during which he employed the person suffering from the disease:

  • did not exceed 12 months; and

  • did not exceed 5 years in total and does not represent more than 25 per cent. of the total period during which the person was employed in a prescribed occupation (or 7 years and not more than 20 per cent. of the total period employed in a prescribed occupation).

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