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HR 101 – UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) – Part 4

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Please note that this pertains to South African Labour Relations and Best Practice requirements.

Last time we had a look at how to collect illness benefits and this time we will focus on the ‘how to’ of claiming the maternity benefits as well as adoption benefits.

Following along from all the other collections you will need to register at the Labour office and obviously you will need to get a medical certificate from your doctor – be advised though that the doctor has to complete and sign the correct form, so make sure that you get a copy from the Labour office or alternatively get one off the website, but make sure that it is the correct one.

When you go to register, again the following documents need to be taken with you:

– A copy of your 13 digit, green bar encoded identity document
– Copies of your last 6 payslips
– Form UI19 completed and signed by your employer
– A Certificate of service from your employer
– Proof of your banking details
– A statement from your employer to evidence any money that you may have (or will be) receiving during the period that you will be on Maternity Leave.
– A fully completed and signed registration form.

When you go to the Labour Offices to register, you will also be given a Form UF92. This form must be completed and signed by your doctor and then it has to be returned to the Labour Office.

Again the benefits will be paid to you by means of a cheque which will be posted to you or where possible by means of an electronic transfer.

If you need to apply for additional benefits after the baby is born, then you need to complete a Form UF 95 (which also needs to be completed and signed off by the doctor who delivered the baby.)

If you are unemployed as well as pregnant, then you need to advise the Claims officer as you may be entitled to additional benefits.

The documents that you need if you are applying for adoption benefits are:

– A copy of your 13 digit, green bar encoded identity document
– Copies of your last 6 payslips
– Form UI19 completed and signed by your employer
– A Certificate of service from your employer
– The adoption order or legal documentation pertaining to the adoption of the child
– Proof of your banking details
– A statement from your employer to evidence any money that you may have (or will be) receiving during the period that you will be on Adoption Leave.
– A copy of your adopted child’s birth certificate
– A fully completed and signed registration form.

Please note though that adoption benefits must be applied for within six months of the adoption order being issued – after that your claim will not be registered and you will not receive the benefits.

Again the benefits will be paid to you by means of a cheque which will be posted to you or where possible by means of an electronic transfer, however a form will be issued by the Labour Office, when payment is made and this must be completed and returned to the Claims Officer at the Labour Centre.

Next time we will have a look at the “how to” collect the death benefits too.

 

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