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If I retrench staff, do I still apply on their behalf for TERS?

You can apply for TERS if the staff member is still in your employ, even if it is during their notice period. Consider rather extending the notice period in order for your staff member to still benefit from TERS (i.e. until mid-August 2020), especially since TERS is delinked from UIF credits and will therefore not have an effect on the credits available to claim for retrenchment benefits.

Once the employment is terminated at the end of the notice period, then the normal UIF process would apply.

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