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TERS extension – 16 Oct 2020 – 15 March 2021 & Reduced work time benefit for temporary layoff and bulk termination submissions

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Further to the information ASATA shared with you earlier this week regarding the TERS extension, we have received additional updates to the documents.

Please find below a summary of the information with links to the updated documents.



 
Only certain sectors and certain categories of employees will be able to claim TERS benefits for the above period.
 
There will be 2 trances/iterations applicable ie – 1st iteration for period 16 Oct 20 – 31 Dec 20 and 2nd iteration for period 1 Jan 21 – 15 March 21.
 
Please note that the TERS online portal for the 1st iteration opened 2 March 2021.
 
The new direction covers the following categories of employees:
Employees who are on temporary lay-off or reduced work time (i.e. short time) with the selected sectors. See Business,Business Activies & Section Division 1.
Take note that you will need to supply your Sector Industry Classification (SIC) when applying
Employees (in all sectors) who were:
Required to self-isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID19
Age of 60 and above who could not be reasonably accommodated in the workplace
With co-morbidities and who could not be reasonably accommodated in the workplace
(Supporting documentation would need to accompany the above claims – such requirements will still be communicated by TERS including when the portal for the submission of such claims are to open)
 
Employers who qualify for the extended TERS benefits needs to take note the following:

Requirements: (same as per previous applications)
Signed approval/acceptance letter
Bank confirmation letter (current)
Proof of payment to employees for previous benefits claimed
Refund to UIF (only where applicable)
Letter of authority
New:
A revised excel template, Copy of National Disaster Payment Excel FINAL – Phase 2 needs to be completed and uploaded in CSV format.

There are 4 claim codes:
Claim code 1: Employees who are on temporary lay-off or reduced work time (i.e. short time) with the selected sectors
Claim code 2: Required to self-isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID19
Claim code 3: Age of 60 and above who could not be reasonably accommodated in the workplace
Claim code 4: With co-morbidities and who could not be reasonably accommodated in the workplace
TERS extension - 16 Oct 2020 - 15 March 2021 & Reduced work time benefit for temporary layoff and bulk termination submissions 1

UIF (Reduced work time/Temporary Layoff benefits & Mass terminations i.e retrenchments)
 
Employers who are not eligible for the TERS extended benefits but has employees who are still affected by the closure of COVID19 will be able to apply for normal Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits through ‘Reduced work time/Temporary layoff’ applications.
 
The benefit structure has been improved as to not place these employees in a less favourable position (we are currently awaiting the new directive which is due to be circulated later this week).
 
The simplified process will allow Employers to submit UIF applications to the Fund on behalf of their employees by completing a specific spreadsheet template.
 
The following categories will apply:

  • Mass or bulk terminations (i.e. retrenchments) with 16 as the reason for termination.
  • Reduced work time/temporary layoff scheme (section 12.1B) with 17 as the reason for termination 

Requirements:

  • Complete relevant spreadsheet (i.e Mass retrenchment or Reduced work time application spreadsheet)
  • The above spreadsheet(s) needs to be locked/password protected
  • A signed declaration by Employer on Company’s official letterhead 
  • Where ‘Mass terminations’ needs to be completed – each employee needs to complete PES ESSA Form which needs to accompany the bulk termination spreadsheet
  • The PES ESSA form is not relevant for reduced work time/temporary layoff applications
  • Applications and supporting documents need to be emailed to the relevant provisional offices. See the last page of the Easy Aid Guild Spreadsheet Application 2). For Cape Town, the correct email address is: CapetBCP@labour.gov.za
  • Very Important: the email address from where the application is emailed needs to correspond to the email address listed as the designated employee as per “Signed declaration by Employer”

ASATA will continue to monitor this process, and should we receive any further information or updates, these will be communicated accordingly. 

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