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About UIF Unemployment Benefits


About Unemployment benefits


Workers that become ill have the right to claim illness benefits. Worker or their representatives (i.e. us as the consultant) must claim at the Department of Labour of their choice.

Who cannot claim Unemployment Benefits?


  • If you get benefits from the compensation fund, or an unemployment fund under the Labour relations Act
  • If you are receiving unemployment benefits from the UIF
  • If you have been suspended from claiming due to fraud
  • If you are unemployed for less than 14 days
  • If you are refusing to seek work
  • If you have resign(unless that particular resignation is deemed as a constructive dismissal with the CCMA), been suspended or absconded from work, you CANNOT claim
  • You have six (6) months from date of unemployment to claim Unemployment Benefits, thereafter it is too late.


How long can I claim Unemployment benefits for?


  • You can claimbenefits for up to 34 weeks (238 days). This is dependent on how long you have been working for and if you have claimed previously. You would need to contact the Department of Labour to find out how long you are entitled to claim for


How do I go about using UIFServices?


You need to make the payment of R550.00 and send through proof of payment to accounts@uifservices.co.za. As soon as the proof of payment has been received, we will then send you all the required forms with instructions. We will help you along the way and check your forms via email or fax to make sure all is right. Once forms are correct, we will then do your submission. Please ensure you have spoken to the Department of labour and made sure you are able to claim




How will I be paid?


Unemployment benefits payments will be paid directly into your bank account. Your payments are not taxed on either.

Once your claim is approved we need to wait 28 days and then submit for payment, this will then bring you up to date with payments, thereafter the submissions are monthly, until you either start work again or run out of credits.

If you get more money than you should have. For example, if you go back to work earlier and they keep paying you, you need to pay the balance back. Therefore you need to let us know and keep us up to date on payments and starting a new job.