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Covid-19 TERS Direction Drawn Up

April 21, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

A new Covid-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) Direction has been drawn up.

The employment and labour department published the Direction in Government Gazette 44465 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Direction replaces the one published in Gazette 44222 on 3 March 2021.

The Covid-19 TERS benefits were extended earlier this year until 15 March 2021.

The Direction lists categories of data that must be submitted to the National Institute for Occupational Health in order to prove that an employer is unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable employees to work from home or take alternative measures and to prove that an employee is in quarantine or isolation and is entitled to benefits.

The categories include each employee’s vulnerability status for serious outcomes of a COVID-19 infection; details of the COVID-19 screening of employees who are symptomatic; details of employees who test positive in terms of a positive laboratory test for the COVID-19 virus; details of employees identified as high risk contacts within the workplace if a worker has been confirmed as being positive and details on the post-infection outcomes of those testing positive, including the return to work assessment outcome.

The Direction also stipulates that the “employee declaration returns by the employer will confirm loss of income and thus inability to make alternative arrangements for the affected employees”.

The Direction is deemed to commence on 16 October 2020 and remains in operation until 15 March 2021.