Dear Employer 10 May 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout in Workplaces
The survey sent under cover of this email is being conducted by the National Department of
Health (Occupational Health and Safety Covid-19 Workstream) to assist in the planning for
vaccination of workers (and possibly families and community members in the geographic area
that you operate in). The survey is project managed by the Wits Health Consortium and
supported by the DG Murray Trust and B4SA.
It is necessary to get data on the number of workers that could be vaccinated at work sites to
facilitate the provision of sufficient vaccines as well as to identify which work-places might be
in a position to render vaccination services.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the special COVID-19 grant will be extended by three months. At the same time, the UIF TERS benefit scheme will continue for an additional month. This is a welcome relief for millions of people throughout South Africa
There is some hope for struggling workers and businesses who have not received money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Employers will have until the end of October to submit their claims.
Payments stopped two weeks ago after the Auditor-General found millions awarded to ineligible people.
The Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) will resume this week.
Employers are having to deal with mental health issues within their organisations increasingly especially during Covid. This is becoming apparent when analysing sick leave data.
Many people ‘sweep’ mental health under the carpet however we decided it prudent to make employers aware of their responsibilities which are outlined below.
Employers have a duty in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act to ensure a safe working environment for their employees and this means being aware of the impact that stress can place on the performance of your employees.
Employer responsibilities include:
- Education and awareness surrounding mental illness
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has announced a further extension to the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit payments until September 15.
This means that the government will offer lockdown relief funds to qualifying sectors by placing cash in the hands of workers during the lockdown period.
The TERS benefit is available for employees whose employers are: –
- Not permitted to commence operations either partially or in full in terms of the Regulations published in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (“Regulations“);