News FlashesDecember 9, 2020

CRS News Flash 9 December 2020 – SOUTH AFRICA – Latest UIF TERS News

It is important that employers note the following:

Latest communication from the Department of Employment and Labour
On Friday, 27 November 2020 the Department of Employment and Labour published Government Gazette 43943, Notice No. R 1270 to announce the withdrawal of the COVID-19 Temporary Employers/Employees Relief Scheme (TERS) directive, previously published in Government Gazette 43693.

Government Gazette 43693 was the latest TERS Directive issued on 7 September 2020, as referred to in the CRS News Flash of 17 September 2020. The said Directive was published to inform employers and employees of the extension of benefits for certain categories of employees until 15 August 2020.  Section 4 of the Directive states that the TERS benefit period would come to an end when the period of national disaster ends, unless it is withdrawn by the Minister on an earlier date.

The Minister of Employment and Labour has exercised his right to withdraw the TERS benefit, thus the withdrawal of the TERS benefit will come into effect on 15 October 2020.

Even though the effective date of 15 October implies that the benefit is only available up to and including 14 October, benefit applications will include 15 October. This was confirmed by updated TERS letters, respectively issued on 28 November and 4 December on the Department of Employment and Labour website.

These letters also address input data which did not meet the requirements of the TERS system, as well as the processing of claims for the period 16 September to 15 October.

To view the updated TERS letter of 4 December 2020, follow the link.

No further applications will be accepted beyond 31 December 2020.

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