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UIF to Process Last Round of COVID-19 TERS Applications

November 19, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will start processing the last round of Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme Benefits (Covid-19 TERS) applications from Monday, 23 November 2020.

In a statement, the employment and labour department confirmed that the applications will close at the end of December 2020.

“The receipt of Covid-19 TERS applications for the 16 September 2020 to 15 October 2020 will close on 31 December, and no further applications shall be accepted beyond that date.”

Employees whose employers are not permitted to commence operations under the Disaster Management Regulations; unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable workers such as working from home and unable to make use of their services because of operational requirements caused by compliance with the Regulations and Directions such as rostering, staggering working hours, short time and the introduction of shift systems can apply.

The department pointed out that, since March 2020, just over R52 billion has been disbursed in 11.5 million payments via 1 million-plus employers.

In another statement on a Compensation Fund (CF) update on Covid-19 claims and payments, the department indicated that the CF and the two Mutual Assurances have as at 12 November paid Covid-19-related benefits to the value of R15, 444, 508.10.

The CF has paid R6, 066, 977.08 while Rand Mutual Assurance has paid R6, 615, 470.02 and Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company R762, 061.00.