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Deadline for UIF Domestic Declarations Looming

by lloyd last modified 2008-05-16 16:10

The more than half a million domestic employers registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) have less than two weeks to forward new details of their domestic workers in line with the December 01, 2007 new minimum wages for the sector.

Released by The Department of Labour on 21 January 2008

The more than half a million domestic employers registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) have less than two weeks to forward new details of their domestic workers in line with the December 01, 2007 new minimum wages for the sector.

 

UIF Spokesperson, Kgomotso Sebetso, advised employers to submit the new details at any nearest offices of the Department of Labour or by fax at the numbers appearing on the required UI 19 form on or before next week Friday, January 05, 2008. He further reminded employers that because the 7th of January 2008 felt on a Sunday, employers should ensure that details of the employers were submitted on the last working date of the week, which is the 5th of Janaury to avoid any penalties or legal action been taken against them.

 

"We currently have more than 550 000 domestic employers registered with the UIF and our expectations are that the majority of the more than 632 000 domestic workers should have their details updated before the deadline," Sebetso added.

 

He reminded employers that according to the new wage table, domestic workers' wages went up by 9.3 percent from R1066, 83 to R1166.05 per month for employees working more than 27 hours per week in higher paid areas or urban areas with effect from December 01, 2007.  Domestic workers in rural areas are now expected to earn R946, 04 as compared to the previous R865, 54 per month.

 

Sebetso, said that not only were domestic employers expected to adjust their minimum rates, but also expected to adjust their UIF contributions.

 

“Domestic employers are also compelled by law to inform the UIF of these changes by submitting a new completed UI 19 form before the 7th of January next year. Already we have seen a number of domestic employers responding positively to the clarion call to update their records," he said.

 

Sebetso added that employers were expected to deduct 1 % from domestic workers’ pay and themselves contribute the other 1% for their workers, while 2 percent has to be paid into the UIF account.

 

“The applicable two percent contribution in line with the new minimum wage is R23, 32 for urban areas and R18, 92 for rural areas,” he said.

 

He also warned employers that failure to submit latest information of your worker/s was an offence punishable by law. An offender could face a jail term or a fine could be imposed or both punishments could be meted out at the same time.

 

“We want to take this opportunity to urge all employers to ensure that they do register their workers with the UIF as the Fund contributes to the alleviation of poverty by providing effective short-term insurance against job loss. At the same time, we urge domestic workers to report their employers if they suspect or have evidence that they are not complying with the law,” Sebetso added.

 

On a positive note, he said there had been a steady increase in the registration of domestic workers since January with more tha 1 446 employers registering their domestic workers in October alone. He said on average the UIF approve over 2 000 applications for relief from domestic workers every month.

 

He concluded by reminding domestic employers of the existence of an online collection channel for the sector. He said the uFiling system, which could be accessed on www.ufiling.gov.za, provided employers with a secure, convenient way of paying contributions and making declarations to the Fund.

 

Enquiries: Name Kgomotso Sebetso
Telephone 073 2699 870
Email kgomotso.sebetso@labour.gov.za




 

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