Friday, August 11, 2006

Employers can go online to pay UIF for domestic staff

By Tarryn Le Chat

The department of Labour has launched an online system for the payment of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions by domestic employers and small businesses.

In the past three years, the department had registered 657 000 domestic employers, while more than R65 million had been paid out in benefits to 74 000 domestic workers. the average amount paid for each claim was R882.11.

Domestic workers could claim from the fund for illness, maternity and death benefits.

The system would also spare employers having to visit the department in dealing with new appointments, resignations, deaths or dismissals as the procedures could be completed on line from the office or home.

The employer should print out and sign the summary page before faxing it with a copy of his or her identity book to 011 361 4545.

Registration would take 24 hours and confirmation would be sent to the employer by sms or e-mail.



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