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Details of employer/employee relief scheme announced


The Department of Employment and Labour published regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Fund (C19 TERS), according to the National Employers Association of SA (Neasa).

The scheme is aimed at assisting employees where employers are unable to pay them during the lockdown.

The basic criteria, according to the regulations, are as follows:

  • should an employer as a direct result of Covid-19 pandemic close its operations for a 3 (three) months or lesser period and suffer financial distress, the company shall qualify for a Covid-19 Temporary Relief Benefit;
  • the benefits will only pay for the cost of salary for the employees during the temporary closure of the business operations;
  • the salary benefits will be capped to a maximum amount of R17 712.00 per month, per employee and an employee will be paid in terms of the income replacement rate sliding scale (38%-60%) as provided in the Unemployment Insurance Act;
  • should an employee’s income, determined in terms of the income replacement sliding scale, fall below the minimum wage of the sector concerned, the employee will be paid a replacement income equal to minimum wage of the sector concerned;
  • the company must be registered with the UIF;
  • the company must comply with the application procedure for the financial relief scheme;
  • the company’s closure must be directly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • an employee who is being paid by the employer during this period is not entitled to this benefit.

Application procedure

  • The employers shall apply by reporting their closure to email box  Covid19ters@labour.gov.za. On receipt of a request, an automated response will be sent outlining the procedure and documents/information required by the Fund to process application.
  • The employer shall be required to furnish the Unemployment Insurance Fund with the following completed documents:

Please click here to view the regulations and a guide issued by the Department.