By Edwin Tshivhidzo
A George employer in the Western Cape was this week fined R7 000 by the Small Claims Court for failing to comply with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Act regulations. The UIF Act stipulates the payment of benefits to all employees.
Small Claims Court Commissioner, Anton Marx fined construction owner Robert Kurz for failing to complete the UI 19 document which is a prerequisite for application of UIF benefits.
"The complaint had been lodged with labour inspectors by employee Thembile Mankayi after his ex-employer of 14 years refused to sign the UI 19 form in order to pay for his last four years? contributions,' said the Department of Labour in a statement.
The inspectors then referred the matter to the Small Claims Court after numerous failed attempts to get cooperation from Mr Kurz.
Despite being fined, Mr Kurz will still be prosecuted under the Department of Labour?s Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act.
According to the department, the UIF and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act apply to all employers and workers.
Employers are therefore required by law to register anyone working for them for 24 hours or more in a month.
They are also required to inform the Fund of any changes regarding the number of workers and their remuneration within the first seven days of each month.
'Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both,' said the department.
From time to time, Department of Labour inspectors conduct workplace inspections, checking on employers not complying with labour laws such as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, UIF, Employment Equity Act, Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Acts.