Department of Labour
4 June 2019
The labour department has confirmed that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is busy finalizing regulations on parental and commissioning parental benefits.
The benefits flow from the Labour Laws Amendment Act, assented to in 2018.
Sections 9 and 10 of the Labour Laws Amendment Act came into force on 1 March 2019.
A private member’s bill proposing paternity leave for fathers was tabled at the end of 2015.
It was drawn up by the African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) Cheryllyn Dudley.
At the end of 2016, the proposed legislation was changed from a private member’s bill to a bill.
The act seeks to introduce amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act.
Sections 9 and 10 introduced amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act including that the days of benefits that a contributor is entitled to may not be reduced by the payment of parental, adoption or commissioning parental benefits.
Sections 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of the Labour Laws Amendment Act deal with parental, adoption, and commissioning of parental leave and related benefits.
In a statement, the department added that the UIF has also started systems development as well as system changes to accommodate the amendments announced in terms of adoption benefits.
“Since these are new benefits we need to upgrade our systems, develop regulations, and design new forms for processing of applications. We have already started to upgrade our systems and have initiated the process of formulating regulations, and according to our projections we should be ready to implement these benefits by September 2019,” said UIF Commissioner, Teboho Maruping.
The implementation date of sections 7, 8, 12, 13,15, and 16 of the act still needs to be proclaimed.