Basic Guide to UIF Maternity Benefits
Workers on maternity leave have the right to claim from the UIF. Workers must apply and will be paid at the labour centre of their choice.
The Unemployment Insurance Act and Unmployment Insurance Contributions Act apply to all employers and workers, but not to -
Domestic employers and their workers are included under the Act since 1 April 2003.
Who can claim?
You cannot claim if you –
You can claim if you are on maternity leave.
When must I claim?
Workers must apply as soon as th.ey go on maternity leave.
Based on Legislation in Section 25 of the Unemployment Insurance Act
How long can I claim for?
Workers can claim for 17 weeks.
Workers who miscarry in the third trimester or have a stillborn child can claim for six weeks.
Based on Legislation in Section 24, of the Unemployment Insurance Act
How do I claim?
Workers must fill in the application forms and, together with other required documents, hand it in at a labour centre.
How will I be paid?
Benefit payments will be paid at your bank account.
Based on legislation in Section 23, of the Unemployment Insurance Act
No tax is payable on the benefits.
Based on Legislation in Section 34 of the Unemployment Insurance Act
If you get more money than you should, you must pay back the extra money.
Based on Legislation in Section 35, of the Unemployment Insurance Act