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Basic Guide to UIF Unemployment Benefits

Basic Guide to UIF Unemployment Benefits

Workers who become unemployed have the right to claim from the UIF. Workers must apply and will be paid at the labour centre of their choice.

Application

The Unemployment Insurance Act and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act apply to all employers and workers, but not to –

  • workers working less than 24 hours a month for an employer;
  • learners;
  • public servants;
  • foreigners working on contract;
  • workers who get a monthly State (old age) pension; or
  • workers who only earn commission.

Domestic employers and their workers are included under the Act since 1 April 2003.

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Provides security to workers when they become unemployed.

Claiming

Who can claim?

You cannot claim if you get –

  • benefits from the Compensation Fund;
  • benefits from an unemployment fund under the Labour Relations Act;
  • or if they – 
    • are suspended from claiming because of fraud;
    • quit their job;
    • do not report at set dates and times; or
    • refuse training and advice.

Workers can claim if their – 

  • employers are bankrupt; 
  • contracts are ended; or if they
  • are fired.

Domestic workers can also claim if –

  • they work for more than 1 employer, and loose their job at one of the employers; or
  • their employer dies.

Workers must register as worker-seekers (see How to Register as Work-seeker) and be available for work.

Based on legislation in Section 14Section 16Section 36of the Unemployment Insurance Act

When must I claim?

Workers must claim within six months after they stopped working.

Based on Legislation in Section 17 of the Unemployment Insurance Act

How long can I claim for?

Workers can claim from the day they stopped working until their benefits are used up or they start working again.

Based on Legislation in Section 15of the Unemployment Insurance Act

How do I claim?

Workers must fill in the application forms and, together with other required documents, hand it in at a labour centre.

Benefit Payments

How will I be paid?

Benefit payments will be paid to the contributors bank account.

Based on legislation in Section 18of the Unemployment Insurance Act

Tax

No tax is payable on the benefits.

Based on Legislation in Section 34 of the Unemployment Insurance Act

Overpayments

If you get more money than you should, you must pay back the extra money.

Based on Legislation in Section 35of the Unemployment Insurance Act

When the UIF May Refuse to Pay

The UIF may stop paying you benefits if you refuse to:

  • accept a job;
  • go for training; or
  • go for advice.

Based on Legislation in Section 18of the Unemployment Insurance Act


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Originally appeared on labour.gov.za on 19-11-2007. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.

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