The COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) will start processing claims for July/August from Monday 17th August.

This means that applicants who submitted the necessary documents for relief from the 1st July to 15th August, will have their claims processed from Monday onwards.

But that means that there is still time to submit an application.

Under directives signed by Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, the following categories of employees are now able to apply for relief:

  • Employers and employees who were not permitted to commence operations under the Disaster Management Regulations
  • Employers who were unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable workers
  • Employers and employees who were unable to make use of their services because of operational requirements caused by compliance with the Regulations and Directions such as rostering, staggering working hours, short time and the introduction of shift systems

Whether you meet the requirements above or qualified previously, all submissions must be made online at either the TERS portal on the UIF website or the Department of Employment and Labour’s website.

“As with previous claim processes, to apply in the new period, employers are required to upload similar documentation that include signed approval or acceptance letter, bank confirmation letter, proof of payment to employees and refund to the UIF – if applicable,” said UIF commissioner, Teboho Maruping.

The UIF has also said that all payments will be subject to bank verification before funds are released.

“The immediate past has taught us that even under the pandemic, criminals are at large and looking to benefit through their nefarious means. We have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that that funds are not paid into the incorrect accounts,” the commissioner added.

Following discussions with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) an agreement was reached that the cut off window for applications for April and May 2020 would be extended to 15th September.

Don’t sleep on this however as once that date rolls around new applications will not be considered.

“Existing claims will remain open for corrections and finalisation beyond this date,” said Maruping.

For those experiencing issues with the UIF website, the Department of Employment and Labour advises calling the contact centre on 0800 030 007.

A host of resources regarding TERS can be found online at the Department of Employment and Labour’s website.

[Source – SA Government News] [Image – CC 0 Pixabay]