Employers Urged To Pay UIF Contributions

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Benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) ensure that people who lost income receive some financial support when they need it most. However, these benefits could be delayed if contributions are not paid to the fund on time.

 


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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides a range of benefits to contributors who have lost income. These benefits cover individuals for illness leave, maternity leave, reduced work time, adoption leave and parental leave.

The Department of Employment and Labour is urging companies to pay contributions to the UIF on time. Doing this will ensure that there are no delays in paying benefits to contributors.

UIF Provincial Support Director, Allan Ragavaloo explained that if employers are 100% compliant with the fund’s legislation, there will be no significant delays with the processing of claims to claimants. This legislation requires employers to pay contributions on time and declare their workers monthly.

Ragavaloo said that a majority of normal benefit payments, including the special Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, were delayed due to a lack of up-to-date declarations by employers.

He said “If all employers had declared their workers to the UIF prior to the Covid-19 lockdowns, we would not have experienced delays with Covid-19 TERS payments.”

Ragavaloo encouraged employers to log onto the Covid-19 TERS portal if they received any error codes that prevented their workers from receiving UIF benefits. He reminded employers that they have the right to appeal if their claims are rejected.

Click Here To View What The TERS Error Codes Mean

To qualify for UIF benefits, employees must have contributed to the fund and built up credits. Every month, 2% of a worker's monthly remuneration must be contributed to the UIF. The employer will be responsible for contributing 1% while the employee will contribute the remaining 1%.

Over time, these contributions build up credits. The more credits you have, the longer you will be able to claim benefits from the UIF.

Its important to note that UIF TERS benefits are unlinked from the UIF’s credit system. This means that employees will receive TERS relief regardless of their available credits. 

Click Here To Learn More About UIF TERS Benefits

 

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