Unemployment due to retrenchment or an unexpected dismissal, and maternity, parental and illness leave can add to the stress of the person who needs to take the time off. Taking care of a baby or attempting to recover from an illness is taxing enough,  and the burden of financial insecurity just adds fuel to the mental health fire.

This is where the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) comes in. Or, at least, where it’s intended to. UIF is a labour department service created to give temporary relief to workers who are unemployed or unable to work due to maternity, parental/adoption and illness leave...

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.