The UIF TERS online portal is now accepting applications for the period of 16 August 2020 to 15 September 2020, the Department of Labour announced. Picture:Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)

UIF TERS applications for August to September open

CAPE TOWN – The UIF TERS online portal is now accepting applications for the period of 16 August 2020 to 15 September 2020, the Department of Labour announced.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF ) has implemented the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Covid-19 TERS)  to ensure non-essential workers maintain their livelihoods during the lockdown and remove pressures on employers who cannot afford to pay their workers during this period.
It was initially set set-up to cover payments from April to June, but was later extended to make payments till September.
Last month, the Auditor-General outlined that there were UIF TERS payments made to dead people, children, prisoners as well as foreigners who had no made contributions to the fund for 12 months.
Of the money lost due to the corruption, R3.2 billion was recovered.
According to the National Employers Association of South Africa survey,  seven percent of employees said they still have not received their April payments, 14 percent did not receive their May payments while 22 percent were awaiting their June payments.
About 36 percent of their employees surveyed were awaiting their July payments 47 percent were awaiting August payments.
The online portal payments for August to September period will be closing on October 30.
People who qualify for the TERS are employees where the employer:
  • is not yet permitted to operate either fully or partially due to lockdown regulations; and/or
  • is unable to implement special measures in respect of vulnerable employees, or is unable to make alternative arrangements for them to work from home; and/or
  • is unable to use employees, either fully or partially, because of operational requirements. Operational requirements in this context seems to refer to the need to limit the number of employees in the workplace by staggering of working hours, short time, etc. as required by the regulations.

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