On 25 March 2020, the South African Minister of Employment and Labour issued the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (“TERS”) directive, including various amendments thereto.
The TERS directive provides for a relief benefit to be claimed where, due to COVID-19, employers are unable to pay their employees or where employees are required to take compulsory leave.
To qualify for the relief benefit, various conditions must be met and employers must consider the following:
The TERS benefit is de-linked from the other Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits, and other processes. Applications will, however, be subjected to the fund’s normal verification and validation processes. For regular updates, employers, employees and stakeholders are urged to visit the visit the Department of Employment and Labour's website.