UIF Claims - Unemployment Benefits

UIF Unemployment Insurance Fund Claim Online

UIf Claims: unemployment Benefit claims

UIF - Unemployment Insurance fund: What is UIF? What is the purpose of UIF? How much is contributed to UIF? How do employers declare UIF? Who can claim UIF? Who cannot claim UIF? How long can UIF be claimed for? How to claim UIF? Can UIF be claimed online? How to login and claim UIF online- ufiling?

UIF Unemployment Insurance Benefits & Claims

UIF - Unemployment Insurance Fund. What is UIF? What is the purpose of UIF and why do I have to contribute? How much is contributed to the Unemployment Insurance Fund? How to employers declare UIF? Who can and cannot claim from UIF? How long can I claim UIF for and can I claim UIF online? How do I register and claim for UIF online? Can an employee can UIF unemployment benefits on ufiling?

What is UIF?

UIF (Unemployment Benefits) becomes available to you as an employee when your employer terminates your service of employment, you are then able to apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for benefits. Workers who become unemployed have the right to claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is a policy that is implemented by the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the fund is responsible for collecting and distributing of funds to unemployed workers across the country to assist with alleviating the economic burden imposed on these individuals for a limited time after their official unemployment.

The UIF benefits are only available to you if you have been contributing to the UIF while you have been employed. To qualify for the UIF benefits, you must register as a work seeker. You must apply for the UIF benefits as soon as your become unemployed or within six (6) months of the termination of your employment. Unemployed workers must apply for the UIF benefits at the nearest labour center in person and take the necessary documentation with them to the center.

What is the purpose of UIF?

The purpose of the UIF ( Unemployment Insurance Fund) is to provide short term relief to employees if they become unemployed or cannot work because of maternity, adoption leave or illness. The process of contributing  and paying UIF occurs directly through a company's internal financial management systems. The employers pay over the UIF contributions to the relevant authorities on the employees behalf. The UIF is aimed to provide relief to the entire country's workforce in the event of unemployment or the inability to work.

How much is contributed to UIF?

At least one (1) percent % of an employee's income must be contributed by both the employer and the employee to the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The employer is responsible for deducting the UIF contribution monthly from the employee's income and to pay this across to the UIF. If an employee has been registered and the contributions are paid, then that employee will be able to claim from the fund.

It is illegal for employers to take more that one (1) percent % of an employee's salary for UIF, deduct a larger percentage from salaries if they fall in arrears with UIF payments and may not charge an employee a service fee for deducting the UIF. If an employer does accidentally deduct too much money for the UIF at the end of the month, they must pay it back to the employee.

how to declare and pay UIF - Employers:
All registered employers are required to submit employee UIF returns as per the UIF Act either via ufiling or directly to SARS. Ufiling is a free secure online system introduced to employers to register, declare and pay the UIF contributions. Employees are also able to use the system to apply for benefits as unemployment, maternity and illness. The employee returns must provide the details of all the employees employed for that period in question no later than the 7th (Seventh) of each month for the preceding month. Employers need to capture and return the information including:

  1. Employer UIF reference number
  2. Employee identification number
  3. The employment start date of the employee
  4. Employee salary details
  5. Employee period of employment
  6. Hours worked by the employee
  7. Termination date (if the employee is terminate)
  8. The reason for the termination (if the employee is terminated)

Who CAN claim UIF:

Workers can claim UIF If:

  1. Employers are bankrupt
  2. Contracts of employment are ended or
  3. if they are fired

who cannot claim UIF:

All South African employees and employers are subject to UIF contributions. The Unemployment Insurance Act and Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act apply to all employers and workers, but not to:

  1. Workers working less than 24 hours a month for an employer
  2. Learners
  3. Public servants
  4. Foreigners working on contract
  5. Workers who get a monthly state (old age) pension and
  6. Workers who only earn commission

WHen must workers claim UIF:

UIF must be claimed by workers within six (6) months after they have stopped working.

WHEN may you not claim from uif:

You may not claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund:

  1. If you have resigned from your workplace voluntary
  2. If you refused required training or advice
  3. if you have been suspended by your employer
  4. if you have absconded from your workplace

How long can you claim UIF for:

Workers can claim UIF from the day they stopped working until their benefits are used up or they start working again.

Claim UIF - How to claim UIF - employee:

The first step to claiming UIF is going the nearest department of labour to sign an employment register. You will be required to return to the offices every four (4) weeks to sign the registry again to show that you still need the unemployment benefits. The required forms are available at the department offices or can be downloaded from the labour website.

documents needed to claim uif by the employee:

The following documentation are essential and will need to be presented when heading to the labour center to apply for UIF:

  1. ID document or passport
  2. UI 2.8 form for banking details
  3. UI-19 form to show that you are no longer working for your employer (This document is obtainable from the employer and they are obliged to provide the employee with the UI-19 form)

Download UI 2.8 form 
Download UI 19 Form

how to apply for uif benefits online:

Employee's can register online via ufiling, as an online registered employee you will be able to securely submit your application for benefits of unemployment, reduced time benefits, maternity, illness and adoption. Continuation of benefits and notice of appeal can also be done online.

To register and activate your employee account online via ufiling you will need the following:

  1.  Your valid thirteen (13) digit South African ID number
  2. Your email address where all correspondence will be emailed
  3. A Cellphone number is mandatory

5 steps to complete when register for UIF online:

When registering online for Unemployment benefits there are 5 steps to complete:

  1. Accepting the UIF online terms and conditions
  2. Confirming your banking details
  3. Verify and complete your personal details and update any changes
  4. Enter your occupation and qualifications
  5. Confirm that you are a work seeker
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UIF - Unemployment Insurance Fund
What is UIF?
What is the purpose of UIF?
Who cannot claim UIF?
How to claim UIF?
How to login and claim UIF online - ufiling?

How much is contributed to UIF?
How do employers declare UIF?
Who can claim UIF?
How long can UIF be claimed for?
Can UIF be claimed online?


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