Employers encouraged to apply for UIF Covid-19 fund for staff

Employers encouraged to apply for UIF Covid-19 fund for staff

- The Unemployment Insurance Fund is encouraging employers to apply for the special Covid-19 benefit on behalf of their workers

- The UIF will then release the funds to the employers to assist the workers who have been affected by the 21-day lockdown

- Workers do not need to take the form filled out by their employers to a UIF office in person.

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Employers have been encouraged to apply for the Unemployment Insurance Fund's special Covid-19 benefit on behalf of their workers.

UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping says the fund will then transfer the funds to the company which will then be able to pay workers digitally.

Speaking to Cape Talk's Refilwe Moloto, Maruping explained how the UIF will be releasing funds to employers to assist workers who have been left cash strapped by the three-week national lockdown.

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Maruping said they have kept the UIF staff away from the labour centres in the interests of their safety.

He denied the rumours that employees still need to take the form filled out by their employers to a UIF office in person.

He encouraged employers to use the automated email: covid19ters@labour.gov.za.

"It walks you through the full process that the company must follow. We have received over 3 900 that we are processing right now. It simplifies the process for us - the company has all the employees' details, so we don't have to confirm those. We just transfer the funds to the company and they are able to pay it and it is a similar process that can be audited with ease."

Maruping revealed that an amount of R30 billion has been set aside as a technical reserve should all companies be unable to cover salaries for workers, but the amount for the Covid-19 fund is R10 billion.

If a company can only pay a percentage of salaries, they can apply to this fund for the remainder to top it up.

"We are looking for companies like those. It is an employer-employee relationship and we are looking at ways this relationship can be safeguarded. Any contribution they can make is welcome and encouraged. We will do the calculation and pay the difference."

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund would compensate the workers who would be affected by the lockdown.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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