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Unemployment Insurance Fund

The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides temporary relief for people who have become unemployed or have to take off from work for a number of reasons.

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The UIF provides temporary relief to workers who have recently become unemployed. If you were terminated by your employer, you may qualify for UIF benefits. You can immediately apply for UIF unemployment benefits.

Officials are considering extending the unemployment insurance claims
benefits period for workers from the current period of six months to a year,
says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Members of the public will benefit from the plan to create a toll free line for the
Unemployment Insurance Fund. In future individuals who are struggling
financially will be able to call the UIF call centre free of charge.

Do non-South Africans qualify for the Unemployment Insurance Fund - and should employers be deducting UIF from their salaries? In our Asked and Answered section we look at the issue of UIF for non-South Africans.

The Department of Labour has announced a new maximum income threshold of for contributions towards the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for 2007, with immediate effect. According to the department, this is in line with last month?s announcement by Minister of Labour, Membathisi Mdladlana of a 7 percent increase in the maximum earning level of contributions.

The Department of Labour calls on taxi operators to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) before the month end deadline. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is currently offering tax amnesty to small businesses including taxi operators with a turnover of R10 million. The amnesty is set to expire on 31 May 2007.

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.

All beneficiaries of the Unemployment Insurance Fund will no longer stand in queues for payments, but will now receive what is due to them electronically.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has announced a "big" adjustment in the maximum earnings level for the Unemployment Insurance Fund beneficiaries, which is hoped to contribute towards alleviating poverty in the country.

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