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COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme Extended

July 22, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) payments have been extended until 15 August 2020.

The deputy minister of employment and labour, Boitumelo Moloi, announced this in parliament during Budget Vote 31.

“Following due diligence and consultation with the Unemployment Insurance Fund actuaries, and in line with the President’s decision to extend the life of the Disaster Management Act until 15th August, we have taken the decision to similarly extend the Covid19 Ters benefit until 15th August 2020,” she said.

The deputy minister added that the benefit structure and existing criteria remain the same.

The employment and labour department was also considering closing the April, May and June applications at the end of July 2020.

The deputy minister also indicated that the “Labour Migration Policy development is being fast-tracked both to address immediate challenges, as in the Road Freight and Logistics sector, as well as to coordinate labour migration policies with the Southern Region and continent wide”.

Other developments include that the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill has been prioritized for the current session of parliament; the Inspectorate and Enforcement Services is focused on enforcing Covid-19 related Health and Safety directives and will also prioritize advocacy work to promote compliance with labour legislation in the domestic sector; renewed focus will be placed on implementing Employment Equity Legislation; an additional 500 Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors are to be recruited and a Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the workplace has been drawn up and will be released for public comment.

In another statement, the department vowed to pay all valid TERS claims.

So far, R31-billion has been paid out in 6 900 391 payments.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will continue to process claims that are in the system and June applications are still active.

Due to extra vetting, the minimum time for payment is now 48 hours.