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With retrenchments a common occurrence these days, it’s worth checking up on your employer to make sure that you are not left without help if you are retrenched and cannot find work. Is your employer paying over the money they deduct from your pay every month to the UIF? Are you registered for UIF at all? Scorpion Legal Protection shows you how to check.
First, it’s important to note that not everyone qualifies for UIF. You can only claim UIF benefits if you contributed to the Fund while you worked – which is why employers not paying the money over is such a devastating problem. UIF is also only for those who were retrenched or dismissed through no fault of their own. You cannot claim UIF if you have resigned, been suspended or absconded from work.
To qualify for benefits, you must register on the UIF website (some DOL centres may still use physical forms that you can get at their offices). You must apply for the UIF benefits within 12 months of the termination of your employment.
To check online:
You can also visit your nearest Labour Department office in person. The clerk should ask for your ID number and UIF registration number. If you don’t know your UIF number you can ask for assistance here. They will be able to check whether or not you are registered for UIF and if your employer has been paying over your contributions.
If you find that your employer has not registered you with the UIF, you must report your employer to the Department of Labour. You don’t have to do this in person, you can contact them on their website or speak to them over the phone by calling 080 003 0007.
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*This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing.
Date added: 6 May 2022
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