UIF backlog keeps SA’s workers waiting
The government’s relief scheme for people affected by lockdown closures has paid about R15bn to 3-million employees so far. But mounting backlogs, and delays in opening up in May, have left workers in limbo
After a rocky start, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is working to dramatically increase its capacity to pay out conventional unemployment benefits as well as the temporary employer/employee relief scheme (Ters) aimed at mitigating the economic cataclysm induced by SA’s lockdown.
Ters allows companies and employees who contribute to UIF to apply for financial relief if they have been affected by the lockdown through company closures or salary cuts. If the application is successful, employees are eligible for income replacement on a sliding scale of 38%-60%, subject to a maximum monthly salary of R17,712 per employee...