With the introduction of The Department of Employment and Labour’s Mandatory vaccine Directive in June 2021 employers have been afforded the opportunity to implement a mandatory Covid vaccination policy within workplace. One reason which may lead employers to consider this type of action within the workplace, would be so that they can uphold the requirements of the health and safety act which requires employees to ensure that their workplace is safe and does not impose any risk for employees (suppliers, clients, vendors and the general public alike), and carries with it a criminal sanction for noncompliance. Another reason for possible implementation of the mandatory vaccine policy is to ensure as little loss of production because of absenteeism or the shutting down of businesses as a result of Covid-19, both of which can cause considerable strain on a company’s ability to operate.

Unemployment is not only limited to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the last decade, South Africa has struggled with high levels of unemployment and the net is reaching further and further. The South African Government encourages youth to develop new ventures to help sustain the individuals and take the burden off current employers and the government. Where there is a will there is a way and more so, where there is an individual willing to invest time into their own capabilities, there is opportunity. Create a business and you build a stepping stone towards a greater goal.

There is an increase of monthly remuneration liable to UIF contributions from 1 June 2021. The Minister of Finance announced by notice in the Government Gazetted on Friday, 28 May 2021, that the contributions to the unemployment insurance fund must be determined on remuneration not exceeding R 17 712 per month.

  • This increase is applicable to remuneration paid or payable by an employer to an employee during any month from 1 June 2021.
  • The previous limit of R 14 872 per month was therefore only applicable to remuneration paid or payable by an employer to an employee for any month up to 31 May 2021.

Vuyo Mafata, the Compensation Fund Commissioner, has published the long awaited notice on registration of Domestic Workers for Workplace Compensation.

The ruling resulted from the 2012 case where the daughter of a domestic worker who was found dead in her employer’s pool, approached the Department of Labour for compensation for her mother’s death. South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled it unconstitutional to exclude domestic workers in private households, from the definition of “employee”.

Deadline Extension: 31 May 2021

The Department of Employment and Labour has published a notice to all employers, informing them that the date for the submission of the 2020 Return of Earnings has been extended to 31 May 2021.

The portal for submitting the returns will be opened as of 01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021.

Employers are required to submit a Return of Earnings form (W.As.8) Annually. Submissions after this date will be considered late and attract a 10% penalty with added interest to the account.