What percentage of my salary can I expect from the UIF?The UIF pays 38% ‐ 58 % of your gross salary, to a maximum ceiling salary of R14 872.00. If you earn above R14 872.00, the UIF will calculate the maternity benefit on the last mentioned salary.
The UIF takes in consideration your last 6 month’s average salary. They also take in account your last 4 years of UIF contributions.
In other words, if you have continuously contributed to the UIF fund for the last 4 years, you will receive the maximum benefit of 121 days. (4 months maternity benefit)
What is the maximum benefit that I can expect from the UIF?Depending on your credits, 121 days = 4 months.
The law entitles you to four consecutive months of maternity leave and it prohibits you to return to work within 6 weeks after the birth of your baby.
Depending on how long you have been working and contributing to the UIF, you can claim for 121 consecutive days (4 months) maternity leave.
The department looks at the last 4 years of your employment history to calculate the credit days you have available. You are entitled to 1 month’s benefit payments for every six months you have worked in the last four years, but limited to a maximum of 4 months.
You can only claim for the time you are actually on maternity leave; i.e. if you take only two months of maternity leave, you can only claim for two months’ benefits, even if you have enough credits available to claim for 4 months.
If you take six months maternity leave and your employer will be paying you your full salary for two months, you will only be able to claim for two additional months that you will not be receiving a salary and not for four months. The law entitles you to a full four months of maternity leave and any time you take off from work longer than that is by your own choice – they will not compensate you for this period.
When can my forms be submitted to the UIF offices?On commencement of your maternity leave. Payments will only be made once the birth date of the baby has been confirmed.
How long will it take for approval of my UIF Maternity Claim?It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for approval and first payment of your claim (from the date of submission of your forms).
When will I receive my first payment from the UIF?After your claim has been approved, the UIF awaits the first copy of the set of 4 x UI‐ 4 forms. It takes the UIF approximately 3‐5 days to transfer your money, from the date that the UI‐4 form was received at their offices. Thereafter, your payments will continue on a monthly basis.
Is there a time limit for the submission of my UIF Maternity claim?Yes, you have to apply within 6 months from the birth of your baby.
Who can claim UIF Maternity Benefits?Workers on maternity leave, who are registered for UIF, have been contributing to the UIF monthly and receive less than 100% of their salary during their maternity leave. Workers who miscarry in the third trimester or have a stillborn child can claim for a maximum of six weeks. If you have claimed UIF maternity benefits in the last four years, you may claim again now. As of 2010, you can claim UIF even if you are not a South-African citizen – provided that you contribute to UIF, and you must have a valid work permit. (these applications take longer to approve). If you are a member of a Close Corporation or a director of a company ((Pty) Ltd) you can claim UIF. If you are a Sole Proprietor you cannot claim UIF.
Who cannot claim?- Workers who have received/have been receiving any type of benefits other than maternity benefits from the UIF during the last 4 – 5 years(i.e. unemployment or illness benefits); you will not be able to claim.
- Workers who are not registered for UIF and who have not been making monthly contributions to the fund
- Workers who work less than 24 hours per month
- If you are the owner of your own business and do not pay yourself a salary
- Workers who have been suspended from claiming because of fraud
Can I claim UIF if I resign while I’m pregnant?Yes, you can claim 4 months maternity benefits if you resign while you are pregnant. (This is the only time that you can claim UIF when you resign).
* The above figures and dates are supplied by the UIF offices and are correct at the time of sending this information to you – UIF 4 U will not take any responsibility for out‐dated information.