Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in the process of finalizing the development of systems to implement Parental and Commissioning Parental benefits
On 23 November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Labour Laws Amendment Bill into Act, thus effecting amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001.
Although the Labour Laws Amended Act 2018 is now law, the benefits will only take effect once the president has promulgated the implementation date.
The UIF Commissioner said as Parental and Commissioning Parental benefits are new, the UIF has started to upgrade their systems, develop regulations, and design new forms for the processing of applications.
The UIF should be ready to implement these benefits by September 2019.
Some companies have started to implement parental leave in line with the Labour Laws Amendment Act; however, UIF will only start accepting applications and process payments once the president has promulgated the implementation date.
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