In terms of the new UIF Act, a domestic worker who earns (for example) R800 a month will contribute R8 per month – one percent of his or her monthly income – while his or her employee will contribute the same amount to the UIF.
The Fund provides short-term relief to workers who become partially or fully unemployed through dismissal, retrenchment or illness – provided they have contributed to the Fund. The Fund also provides maternity and adoption benefits, and offers relief to dependants of deceased contributors
Benefits are only paid if unemployment, or the period of illness, is for more than 14 days. Application for maternity benefits must be made at least eight weeks before confinement, or within six months of the birth of the child. Workers who become partially or fully unemployed can claim benefits after 14 days after their last day of work.
Frequently Asked Questions
If a domestic worker works for three different employers, do all three employers have to register with the UIF?
Yes, all three have to register with the UIF – and their domestic workers should insist that they do so.
How much should a domestic worker contribute towards the UIF?
One percent of his or her gross salary per monthly. So if a worker is paid R600 per month, he or she will contribute R6 per month to the Fund.
How much should an employer contribute towards the UIF?
One percent of his or her worker’s gross salary per month. This means that the total contribution is 2% of the worker’s gross monthly salary. One percent is paid by the worker and one percent by the employer.