The UIF has begun processing the most recent (and the final) batch of COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme Benefit (COVID-19 TERS) applications. This processing commenced on Monday, 23 November 2020 and will close on 31 December 2020.

Any COVID-19 TERS applications for the period of 16 September 2020 until 15 October 2020 must be submitted by 31 December 2020.

Employers will be able to apply if they are:

  • unable to make alternative arrangements in respect of vulnerable employees (such as employees with pre-existing comorbidities and/or employees over the age of 60);
  • not permitted to re-commence operations, either fully or partially, under the Disaster Management Regulations; and
  • unable to utilise the services of their employees, either fully or partially, due to their operational requirements caused by compliance with the Disaster Management Regulations.

The application process remains the same for this extension period and all claims must be lodged via the online portal.

Employees may also apply if they have lost income, but do not qualify or fall within the above categories.

All applications will be subjected to strict scrutiny and thorough verification measures. Applicants should, therefore, ensure that their documents are thoroughly reviewed and are in order before they are submitted.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.