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Domestic Servants and UIF Payments


Domestic Workers [Update]

Domestic Workers are to be included under the protection of the UIF from 1 April, 2003.Employers of domestic workers must submit UI 8 and UI 19 forms, which can be obtained from labour centres countrywide or on the Department of Labour website. Forward these to the UIF by facsimile, or post or on-line before 31 March, 2003. Read more... What forms to complete, how to register your domestic employee and how to make payment of UIF!
Download :- UI 8 and UI 19 forms 
Download UI8 in MS Word
  • Employers who wish to register domestic workers may download the UI 8D form and fax it to (012) 337 1636 or email it to domestics@uif.gov.za as a attachment.
  • Online registration will be available as from 19 March 2003. All employers must register before 1 April 2003.
  • A phone-in registration service is currently available and employers are invited to dial (012) 337 1680 to register.

media statement by...
THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR,
Parliamentarians get behind UIF legislation
25 February 2003

Domestic Workers are to be included under the protection of the UIF from 1 April, 2003. Employers of domestic workers must submit UI 8 and UI 19 forms, which can be obtained from labour centres countrywide or on the Department of Labour website. Forward these to the UIF by facsimile, or post or on-line before 31 March, 2003.

“Non-compliance with the law will result in penalties of up to R5 000 per household or five years imprisonment. I would therefore encourage every domestic employer to register before 31 March, 2003,” said Mdladlana.

According to labour statistics, domestic workers are the largest employment sector in this country, however they are often the most vulnerable. Registration with the UIF offers this sector of workers peace of mind and access to unemployment, illness, maternity, adoption and dependents benefits.

As with employees in other sectors, employers must deduct one percent (1%) from the workers’ gross monthly income, and together with the one percent (1%) contribution from the employer forward the payment to the UIF by direct deposit or electronic transfer into the UIF bank account or by post. Contributions to the UIF are to be made from 1 April, 2003, monthly or annually in advance. The facility to make payments online will be available from 15 March, 2003.


Forms

  • Form UI 8 [pdf] MS Word Format Information about employees supplied by employer -  Employers must complete this form within 7 days of commencing activities as an employer and submit it to the UI Commissioner at the Unemployment Insurance Fund, 94 Church Street, Pretoria, 0001. PLEASE NOTE; UI- 19 MUST BE COMPLETED FOR CHANGE OF INFORMATION ABOUT EMPLOYEES. 
  • Form UI 19  [pdf] MS Word Format  Change of information about employees -  An employer must before the seventh day of each month inform the commissioner of any change arising during the previous month regarding the employer's contact details or employees remuneration details. The employer must forward this form to the Unemployment Insurance Fund, 94 Church Street, Pretoria, 0001.

Call Centre and Electronic Registration

The UIF call centre's number is 012 337 1680 and it will be open from 08:00 to 18:30 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays.

From Wednesday, 19 March, it will also be possible to complete the entire registration process online on the website of the Department of Labour. Currently all necessary forms are also available on www.labour.gov.za.

Employers and employees may also call the UIF offices country-wide, the Labour Centres and the Multi Purposes Centres for any information.  To ensure efficient and rapid assistance and service, employers and employees are requested to have the following documents ready when calling any of the offices:

·         The 13 bar-coded ID numbers of both employer and employee

·         Address and telephone numbers

·         Remuneration of each employee as well as the address details of where they are employed

Online registration will be available as from 19 March 2003.
All employers must register before 1 April 2003.

A phone-in registration service is currently available and employers are invited to dial (012) 337 1680 to register.

The business hours of the Fund will be extended to:
16:00 to 18:30 on weekdays and 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays
( The employer must have his / her ID number as well as that of their domestic worker at hand. )

  • Employers who wish to register domestic workers may download the UI 8D form and fax it to (012) 337 1636 or email it to domestics@uif.gov.za as a attachment.

Text Version of DOL UIF for Domestics Pamphlet

What is the role of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)?

The UIF is a fund which provides short-term relief to workers when they become unemployed or unable to work due to illness, maternity, adoption or death.

What does the inclusion of domestic workers under the UIF mean for domestic workers?

It means that should a domestic worker become partially or fully unemployed, she/he will be able to claim unemployment benefits from the UIF provided she/he has contributed to the UIF.

If the domestic worker works for three different employers, do they all have to register with the UIF?

Yes, all three have to register with the UIF. Domestic workers should insist that all their employers register with the UIF.

How much does a domestic worker have to contribute towards the UIF?

One percent of her/his gross salary, monthly. If the domestic worker is paid R600 per month, she/he will contribute R6 per month.

How much should the employer contribute?

One percent of the gross salary, of the domestic worker, monthly. This means that the total contribution is two percent of the domestic worker ’s gross monthly salary. One percent is paid by the domestic worker and one percent is paid by the employer.

How long should the domestic worker contribute to the UIF to be able to claim?

Domestic workers accumulate credits with the UIF at a rate of one day ’s benefit for every six days worked as a contributor.

How much money will the domestic worker receive if she/he becomes unemployed?

If she/he works for three months, she / he will be eligible to receive benefits equivalent to 15 days of work.

What if the employer does not want to register the domestic worker with the UIF?

Employers must register with the UIF, it is the law. Domestic workers should contact the nearest office of the Department of Labour if the employer refuses to register with the UIF.

What are the steps that a domestic worker need to take when she/he becomes unemployed?

Domestic workers should visit the nearest labour centre with their bar-coded ID book and proof of employment.

What other benefits are domestic workers entitled to under the UIF?

If domestic workers contribute to the UIF, they will be eligible to claim illness, maternity, adoption and dependents benefits.

Where can one get more information about the inclusion of domestic workers under the UIF?

Visit the nearest labour centre or the Department of Labour ’s website at www.labour.gov.za or call the UIF on (012) 337 1700.

What does a domestic worker need when applying for benefits from the UIF?

When applying for benefits the following documents will be required:

  • Copy of identity document.
  • Copy of payslips:a minimum of two payslips for monthly paid workers and four payslips for weekly paid workers will be accepted.
  • A service certificate from the employer.
  • A fully completed application form which is available at all labour centres.
  • Form UI 19 for worker ’s details.

What else should employers and domestic workers know?

You also need to know that benefits are only paid if unemployment, or the period of illness is for more than 14 days. Application for maternity benefits must be made at least 8 weeks before confinement or within 6 months of the birth of the child.

Where should employers of domestic workers register their domestic workers?

At the nearest labour centre of the Department of Labour.From 1 April 2003 employers can register and pay online on the Department of Labour ’s website at www.labour.gov.za (click UIF).

Where can employers of domestic workers pay their contributions?

At any labour centre, or directly at the UIF Head Office,94 Church Street, Pretoria,or by direct deposits into the UIF bank account.

(Bank details: FNB, Church Square, Pretoria.

Account No:51420056941), or Online at www.labour.gov.za

Provincial Offices of the Department of Labour

Limpopo

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(015)290 1744
Department of Labour Fax:(015)290 1670
Private Bag X9368
POLOKWANE
0700

Mpumalanga

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(013)655 8700
Department of Labour Fax:(013)690 2622
Private Bag X7263
WITBANK
1035

Gauteng North

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(012)309 5000
Department of Labour Fax:(012)323 5449
PO Box 393
PRETORIA
0001

Gauteng South

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(011)497 3000
Department of Labour Fax:(011)834 1081
PO Box 4560
JOHANNESBURG
2000

Free State

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(051)505 6200
Department of Labour Fax:(051)447 9353
PO Box 522
BLOEMFONTEIN
9300

North West

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(018)387 8100
Department of Labour Fax:(018)384 2745
Private Bag X2040
MMABATHO
2735

KwaZulu-Natal

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(031)336 1500
Department of Labour Fax:(031)307 6882
PO Box 940
DURBAN
4000

Northern Cape

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(053)838 1500
Department of Labour Fax:(053)832 4798
Private Bag X5012
KIMBERLEY
8300

Eastern Cape

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(043)701 3000
Department of Labour Fax:(043)743 9719
Private Bag X9005
EAST LONDON
5200

Western Cape

Provincial Executive Manager Tel:(021)460 5911
Department of Labour Fax:(021)465 7318
PO Box 872
CAPE TOWN
8000

 

 

 

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