If I resign, should I still get paid?

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If you resign from your job in South Africa, you may still be entitled to certain payments depending on the terms of your employment contract and the applicable labor laws.

Firstly, you may be entitled to receive any outstanding salary, bonuses, or other benefits that are owed to you up until the date of your resignation. This includes any accumulated leave days that you have not taken, which must be paid out to you in accordance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

However, if you resign without giving your employer the required notice period as stipulated in your employment contract, your employer may be entitled to withhold a portion of your salary to compensate for the notice period that you failed to give. This is commonly referred to as a "notice pay deduction."

Furthermore, if you contributed to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) during your employment, you may be entitled to claim UIF benefits if you are unable to find new employment within a certain period after your resignation. However, you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for UIF benefits.

It is important to review your employment contract and understand your rights and obligations before resigning from your job in South Africa. It is also advisable to seek legal advice or consult with the Department of Labour if you have any concerns or questions about your entitlements upon resignation.

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