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Direction on Covid-19 TERS Extension Published

March 5, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

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

The employment and labour department published the Direction in Government Gazette 44222.

It flows from Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Direction focuses on the payment of benefits to qualifying employees who are contributors to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and whose employers have declared and paid for them with the UIF.

Qualifying employees are those whose employers are not able to commence operations and whose operations fall within the sectors listed in Annexure A; unable to make arrangements for employees to work from home; need to limit the number of employees at the workplace and place employees in isolation or quarantine.

The benefit is set at a minimum of R3 500.

Reduced work time benefits are also available for UIF contributors whose employers do not operate in the specified sectors and who are unable to work due to compliance with Regulations and Directions.

The Direction came into effect on 16 October 2020 and remains in force until 15 March 2021.