What you need to know before you plan your dates off
Much excitement has been filtering through the country as fathers-to-be have recently become eligible for paternity leave. A great many dads in waiting are thrilled to be able to play a larger role in the early days of their new-borns life. With many households being double income households, families reply more and more for both parents’ income as well as sharing the work load that is involved when it comes to raising a new infant. Dads are pleased to have the chance to spend time with their babies and have the opportunity to bond with the littles ones during this time. Mom’s alike will no doubt be pleased to have their partners around to assist them during this period of large adjustment within the household. The passing of this new law enforces the idea that social norms are changing and when legislation changes to keep up with those changes, it is an acknowledgement of an enlightened society.
UIF continued…. Important Information
Firstly, important information when claiming UIF – personal details such as surnames are a real problem, especially for married women. This is because the surnames at the Dept of Labour don’t always match the surnames which Home Affairs has for you, despite the fact that you may have your new ID in your new surname. In addition, if your surname at the Dept of Labour doesn’t match the surname that your bank account is in, then payments will not go through. When problems do occur, the onus is on the claimant to prove their information is correct but either going to Home Affairs, or the bank etc, to obtain substantiating evidence that their information is correct.
UIF MYTHS AND CHALLENGES PART 1
Anyone who has been in the unfortunate position of claiming UIF due to unemployment, maternity, adoption or illness, will know that the process of claiming UIF is not what we would call “for the feint-hearted”. For those who have never had to claim, you can equate it to renewing a drivers licence or dealing with any other government institution, where one arrives ever hopeful and blissfully unaware of where to go and what to do. There is always a welcome relief when finding someone willing to smile and show you the way to the first queue you need to stand in … however often this is not the case. And almost guaranteed that if the “not know what to do” part doesn’t raise those cortisol levels, the frustration of time-wasting queues, will!
Going on Maternity Leave and not sure where to begin, you can claim for UIF Maternity Leave?
Who can claim UIF Maternity Leave?
You cannot claim if you –
get benefits from –
the Compensation Fund for an occupational injury or disease; or
any other unemployment fund; or
have been suspended from claiming because of fraud.
You can claim if you are on maternity leave.
What is Unemployment Insurance Fund? Find out if you are entitled to UIF?
If you have employees working 24 hours or more in a month, it is your responsibility as employer to register yourself and your employee/s with the Unemployment Insurance Fund in order to avoid Unemployment Insurance Fund arrears at a later stage.
When an employee becomes unemployed for whatever reason, or are unable to work due to illness, maternity or adoption leave, they can claim for a few months from the fund, if their previous employer contributed to the fund. It the employer did not contribute they are facing Unemployment Insurance Fund arrears to be settled before the employee can claim any UIF.
Income Tax Act – Pay Solutions bring you the latest changes
INCOME TAX ACT – ANNUITY INCOME AND TEMPORARY DISABILITY – THE UNPREDICTED OUTCOME
Since March 2015, monthly annuity income from an income protection policy has changed from being taxable income, to non-taxable income. Before assessing all the facts, one would simply assume this is great news! However, once examining the facts more closely it becomes clear that the issue is much more complex.
An employee that is booked off work on temporary disability and only earns the income from the income protection policy, will still be “Employed” by the company, but not earn any “Remuneration” and will not be rendering any services to the company in terms of their employment contract.