Chapter 3: Claiming benefits
Part A : Right to benefits
12. Right to benefits
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a contributor or a dependant, as the case may be, is entitled to the following benefits:
(a) Unemployment benefits contemplated in Part B of this Chapter;
(b) illness benefits contemplated in Part C of this Chapter;
(c) maternity benefits contemplated in Part D of this Chapter;
(d) adoption benefits contemplated in Part E of this Chapter; and
(e) dependant’s benefits contemplated in Part F of this Chapter.
(1A) A contributor who is employed as a domestic worker by more than one employer and whose employment is terminated by one or more employers is, despite still being employed, entitled to benefits in terms of this Act if the contributor’s total income falls below the benefit level that the contributor would have received if he or she had become wholly unemployed.
(1) An example of the scale of benefits to which a contributor is entitled is contained in Schedule 3, as calculated from Schedule
(2) (a) The Minister may, with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, by notice in the Gazette and subject to subsection (4), amend the scale of benefits contained in Schedule 3 in accordance with a maximum monthly rate of remuneration of a skilled manual labourer as determined by the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1953 (Convention No. 102), of the International Labour Organisation.
(b) The scale of benefits contemplated in paragraph (a) may vary between a maximum rate of 60% of remuneration for lower income contributors and a lower rate of remuneration for higher income contributors as will be determined by thresholds as set out in Schedule
(3) When acting in accordance with subsection (3), the Minister must—
(a) consult with the Board and must have regard to budgeted—
(i) contribution and investment income from the Fund;
(ii) payment of benefits;
(iii) provision to meet expenses related to administering this Act; and
(iv) provision for contingency reserves; and
(b) comply with the procedure set out in section 55, with the changes required by the context.