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UIFGroundUp writes that by law, all employees who work 24 hours or more per month are entitled to unemployment insurance, but more than 300,000 domestic workers are not registered.  

The result is that they will not be paid out if they lose their jobs.  Employers are required to register domestic workers with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the employer and employee must each contribute one percent of the employee’s monthly wage.  According to Statistics SA, just over one million domestic workers are employed for 24 hours or more per month.  About 680,000 were registered with UIF as of 31 March.  This means one third of domestic workers who are entitled to unemployment insurance, and who may be entitled to maternity benefits, are not registered.  Workers can only be registered with UIF by their employer, but many employers have apparently cited problems with the online system as the reason they have not registered their domestic workers.  Employers often “just give up” once the online system fails, said Myrtle Witbooi of the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers Union (Sadsawu).  But UIF communications director Makhosonke Buthelezi said that since the launch of the system in 2013, “clients have had no problems registering on it”.  He indicated that 696 new employers were registered in April and 972 in May.  “Employers are reluctant to register domestic workers due to general aversion to compliance with the law,” said Buthelezi.  By law, employers who fail to register with the UIF or pay toward the fund can be fined or imprisoned.

  • Read the full original of Kristine Liao’s detailed report in the above regard at TimesLIVE

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