Have you just been retrenched or let go? This is how to file a claim at the Department of Labour for UIF. Find out all you need to know here.
Published: Wednesday, February 1st 2017
If you are new to UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund), or you have you just been retrenched and have never made a claim before, we offer insight into the process you will need to take.It's important to note, however, that you will only start receiving benefits as much as eight weeks after you have registered. This should be the maximum amount of time it should take for payment to begin. Payment is an interim process that is designed to help 'bridge the gap' between jobs. It is important to note that you can only claim from the fund if you have been actively contributing to your unemployment fund, your employer goes bankrupt, you are retrenched, or fired, or if your contract ends.
What Benefits Do You Get With UIF?
The Unemployment Fund provides the following benefits:
Benefits received from death include the death of a spouse or parent, whereby the deceased's' contribution to UIF can be accessed. DID YOU KNOW? You can claim when adopting a child under the age of two years old. This, however, only applies if you have left work and is only available for one adoptive parent.DID YOU KNOW? An unemployment officer might request that you go for career advice, counseling, or training. If you refuse or fail to attend, your UIF benefits may be stopped.
You can claim every four weeks from the Department of Labour office where you registered.
How Much Do You Receive?
UIF pays out a percentage of the wage or salary that you earned while you were contributing to the fund.The highest that can be paid out is 58% of what you earned in a day. If you earned less than R12 000 per month, you will receive between 26% and 56%.In the scenario where you have been contributing to UIF for more than four years, you can claim up to 238 days, or eight months. If you have been contributing for less than four years, you will receive one day's pay for every six days that you contributed to the fund.If your company does not provide maternity leave, UIF will pay out for 121 days.The amount will be determined based on how much you were paid and, contrary to what you may have previously thought, the more you earned in your last job, the less you will receive from UIF.