National Disaster Benefit
You may decide, as a direct result from the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, to close your business for a period and send your employees home. This constitutes a temporary layoff.
If you cannot pay your employees for this period, then you can apply for the ‘National Disaster Benefit’ from the UIF.
The National Disaster Benefit and any other normal UIF benefit is only applicable to employers who are registered with UIF and who make their required monthly contributions . The National Disaster Benefit is linked to the R3,500 monthly minimum wage and would be paid for whatever period is shorter your company’s shutdown, or three months. After three months, the usual UIF provisions apply, on a sliding scale over 12 months.
CURRENT STATUS: accepting applications – read more details here: https://www.fasa.co.za/corona/corona-uif-info.pdf