For maternity leave, the Department of Labour will pay UIF to an individual for up to four months.
UIF, or Unemployment Insurance Fund, is a fund controlled by the Department of Labour whereby individuals who are registered and who pay their monthly contributions will receive a percentage of their salary should they become unemployed (but only under certain circumstances). For maternity leave, should you meet all the criteria, you could receive up to 58 percent of your monthly salary for four months.
To Qualify You Must:
- Be a South African citizen with a barcoded ID, OR
- be a foreign national with a valid passport working in SA, but not under contract.
- Have a biological child under six months old, OR
- Be adopting a child under two years old.
- Be registered for UIF and have made your monthly payments.
- Not have claimed UIF (unless for maternity leave) in the last four years previous to this.
- Not be receiving 100 percent of your salary while on maternity leave.
- Be employed, or have resigned while pregnant, but not dismissed from your job, OR
- Be self-employed and a member of a closed corporation company, but not a sole proprietor.
There are agencies that help mothers claim UIF for their maternity leave and act as a middle man between you and your UIF. For an affordable fee, they help you understand if you qualify and provide you with the correct forms.
- Awesome Moms: awesomemoms.co.za
- Baby Benefits: babybenefitsuif.co.za
- Twinkle Toes: twinkletoes.yolasite.com
- UIF Services: uifservices.co.za
The Department of Labour is based in Pretoria and can be contacted on 012 309 5050 or fax to 012 320 5627. Operating hours: 7:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
By Peta Daniel. IMAGE: PIXABAY.