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UIF BENEFITS AFTER TERS

Many companies are still trying to sort out the last payments for TERS which ended, despite the promise of the Minister of Employment and Labour on 15 October 2020.  So, what now?

The DOL had introduced a new benefit in November 2019 which is really what allowed them to implement TERS.  This is called the REDUCED WORKING TIME BENEFIT (RWT on the UI19 form)

The differences between this benefit and TERS are:

  1. It uses the employee’s individual credits (1 day of UIF for every 4 days of contribution to a maximum of 365 days of benefits)
  2. It is not a top up, so will only pay the difference between the benefit the employee is eligible for and the actual remuneration received by the employee that month.
  3. The employee needs to apply individually.

However,

To assist employees the UIF has recently introduced a bulk application system which the employer can do online with supporting documents in the event of retrenchment (bulk dismissals) and in the event that employees are laid off.

They have issued formats for submission and produced an easy guide for doing these applications.  Please see EASY AID GUIDE – Spreadsheet Application here.

For more information, please contact the office.

WHAT TO DO WHEN EMPLOYEES HAVE TO ISOLATE OR GO INTO QUARANTINE

Where an employee is instructed by their employer or a medical practitioner to isolate or quarantine themselves, they are able to apply for the UIF Ill Health Benefit.  A new letter has been provided by the DOL to assist with claims in this regard.  Again, when necessary a bulk application for sick pay benefits for employees can be made if a number of employees are exposed and required to isolate.

Please see Medical Letter – isolation here.

Please note that sorting our TERS with the DOL is essential.  We have found that employees who still have a TERS payment waiting to be processed cannot claim any other benefit including maternity benefits.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

PERMITS

Please note all security guards and staff who are required to continue to work during lockdown must carry the permit in the link below

CATEGORIES OF APPROVED ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Permit to Perform Essential Service

TERS documents

UIF REDUCED WORK TIME BENEFIT

UIF TERS SUBMISSION FORMS

UIF

THE GOVERNMENT

DEBT RELIEF FINANCE SCHEME

EMPLOYER RELIEF

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

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