South Africa’s unemployment insurance fund (UIF) on 29 April 2020 issued a set of new “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) with regard to relief measures provided in response to the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic.
The FAQs were issued following two directives that aimed to implement the UIF C19-TERS programme. To address some initial confusion about the programme, the UIF issued the new FAQ publication to answer some questions for employers wishing to claim from the UIF.
Clarifications provided by FAQs
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIF landscape has been “very fluid.” The FAQs provide:
There has been some confusion in relation to the situation when employers continue to pay a portion of their employee’s remuneration. Employers have reported that the UIF claims have been significantly limited and that the above examples have not been their experience. Employers are now able to access the UIF benefit calculations applied to their claims, and need to determine that the correct method has been applied. If this is not the case, employers need to consider approaching the UIF for clarification.
Read an April 2020 report [PDF 123 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in South Africa
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