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“);