Following negotiations at the National Economic and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the signing of the direction to that effect on Monday by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, it was announced that payment of the Covid-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) will be extended until 15 September 2020.
“With the lockdown for some industries extended to 15 September, it only makes sense for us to continue to shield workers from the worst effects of the pandemic by extending the relief payments, which have placed much-needed cash into the hands of ordinary workers in this country,” said Nxesi.
These Covid-19 TERS benefit payments are part of the government’s efforts to soften the blow of the pandemic and make sure that workers don’t face discrimination due to the lockdown.
Applications were sent in by employers and then distributed either directly to the accounts of workers or through their employers.
As a result of this extension, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will keep receiving applications for March 2020 to end July 2020 period, stretching until 15 September 2020.
Note that no further applications shall be accepted beyond that date.
“The receipt of Covid-19 TERS benefit applications for August 2020 to 15 September 2020 shall close on 30 October 2020, and no further applications shall be accepted beyond that date,” the department said.
To date, the UIF has disbursed over R41 billion in 9 501 365 payments through applications by 825 814 employers.
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Who can apply?
- Any business that contributes to the UIF that is currently facing distress and unable to pay salaries as a result of the lockdown period; and
- Any employee who is a contributor (works more than 24 hours a month) and there are an employer and employee relationship.