The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will open the latest and last round of Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) applications on Monday 23 November.
The payouts will cover the month to 15 October, and are intended for employees whose employers were:
Not permitted to restart operations under the Disaster Management Regulations;https://3788e0539f61affc1e5d0e03499660a6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable workers, such as working from home or taking special measures to protect them; and
Unable to make use of their services because of operational requirements caused by compliance with the regulations such as rostering, staggering working hours, short time and introduction of shift systems.https://3788e0539f61affc1e5d0e03499660a6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
The deadline is 31 December. This will be the final round of payments as part of the scheme.
Claims must be lodged via the UIF’s online portal.
“As with previous claim processes, to apply in the new period, employers are required to upload similar documentation that include signed approval or acceptance letter, bank confirmation letter, proof of payment to employees and refund to the UIF – if applicable,” acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst said.
Bronkhorst said UIF will still subject payments to bank verification before releasing the funds into the applicant’s accounts.
“The immediate past has taught us that even under the pandemic, criminals are at large and looking to benefit through their nefarious means. We have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that funds are not paid into the incorrect accounts,” Bronkhorst said.
A report by the auditor-general found that almost R700 million in UIF Ters payments were made to foreigners who have not made UIF contributions in the past 12 months, while R140 million went to people who people who already received state grants, including students and disability grant recipients. Payments were also made to dead people, prisoners and children under the age of 15 because the UIF did not sufficiently corroborate information it received from applicants, the AG found.
Top UIF executives, including its commissioner Teboho Maruping, were suspended following the AG report.
Since March, when the TERS scheme was launched to help employees who lost income due to the pandemic and lockdown, more than R52 billion was paid to more than one million employers.