MAternity leave: how to claim maternity benefits & Maternity leave
Maternity leave is the period of time when an expecting mother takes off work and stops working to have and care for her new born baby. When should you tell your employer you are expecting, how much maternity leave are you entitled to and how do you claim for maternity benefits?
Great news! You are expecting a baby, such an exciting time in your life and now you need to break the news to your boss and employer.
What is maternity leave?
When do you have to tell your employer you are pregnant?
The employee must notify the employer in writing of the date on which the employee intends to commence maternity leave and the date of return.
How much maternity leave are you entitled to?
Maternity leave can begin up to four (4) weeks before the expected date of birth unless otherwise agreed, or if the employee is required to do so for health reasons.
An employer may not require an employee to return to work for six (6) weeks after the birth of her child, however the employee may choose to return to work if a medical doctor or midwife certifies that she is fit to do so.
What happens to your job while you are on maternity leave?
Will I get paid while on maternity leave?
Some employers do remunerate in full or in partial for maternity leave, this benefit is dependent on the terms agreed to in the employment contract.
How to claim maternity benefits?
An employee is eligible for a maternity between of between 38% to 60% of their monthly remuneration depending on the level of income.
Claiming maternity benefits:
Step 1: Complete the documentation needed to claim maternity benefits
- Form UI2.8 - Banking details/ Banking authorization - Download form
- Form UI2.7 - Proof of remunerations received for the period - Download form
- Form UI 2.3 - Application form for maternity benefits - Download form
- Medical certificate from a doctor or the birth certificate of the baby
- Form UI 4 - The application for continuation of maternity benefits - Download form
Step 2: Go to the nearest UIF/ Labour center
Employees wanting to claim maternity benefits must go to the nearest Labour center/UIF department themselves and hand in the documentation.
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