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Direction on Third Phase of COVID-19 TERS Benefit in Place

July 21, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

A Direction on the Third Phase of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) is in place.

The employment and labour department published the Covid-19 TERS Direction in Government Gazette 44874 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

In a recent statement, the department pointed out that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), after intense deliberations at Nedlac, agreed to open the window for phase 3 of Covid-19 TERS to cover the period between 16 March 2021 to 25 July 2021.

The benefit applies to employees that are contributors to the UIF.

Workers to benefit include workers who have not been able to work from 16 March 2021; workers impacted by Adjusted Level 4 Lockdown implemented on 28 June 2021 and workers over 60, with comorbidities and those that have had to isolate or go into quarantine.

The salary used in calculating the benefits will be capped at a maximum amount of R17 712 per month per employee with the minimum benefit set at R3 500 per month.

Annexure A and B list the sectors for which the benefit applies.

A reduced work time benefit is also available for employees whose employers do not operate in the sectors set out in the Annexures.

The Direction applies from 16 March 2021 until 25 July 2021.