Employees will soon be able to check their UIF status through an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will soon be rolling out Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) platform that will enable employees to check their registration and claim status for free at the comfort of their home.

This was announced by UIF Director: Compliance, Malesela Makgamatho, during a stakeholder engagement session with employers today in Rustenburg, North West, that was organised by the Unemployment Insurance Fund, an entity of the Department of Employment and Labour.

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.

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.

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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.

Domestic workers in SA are being recognised for the important role that they play in the labour arena in the lives of South Africans. In April 2003 they were pulled into the pool for UIF. They can now claim unemployment, illness and death benefits from the unemployment insurance fund (UIF).

Each year in December the Department of Labour publishes new minimum pay rates for Domestic Workers.

Pay Solutions offer Payroll Services that will keep track of Domestic Workers salaries, leave pay, leave and sick leave days that Domestic Workers are entitled to.

As per the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002 (Act No 4 of 2002). The following occupations are classified as Domestic Workers:

  • Gardener, Driver, a person who looks after children, the elderly, sick, frail or disabled in a private household. Does not include Farm Workers.

What is the Domestic Workers’ Act?

This act specifies working conditions, e.g. hours of work, overtime pay, pay increases, deductions that an employer is allowed to deduct, annual & sick leave. Also the minimum wages – this usually is updated each year in December for the coming year.