UIFBL Premium reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is aiming to start processing applications for the extension of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for workers affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in the first week of March.  

The UIF and social partners met this week at Nedlac where proposals were tabled by the fund on how Ters would be extended to sectors still affected by regulations as well as employees with comorbidities and those over 60 who cannot be reasonably accommodated at work.  The fund on Wednesday said sectors ranging from tourism to hospitality, including those involved in the manufacturing, dispensing, distribution and transportation of liquor would be covered by the extension of the scheme.  Businesses which fell in the value chain would also be included in the list.  The business constituency was tasked with reviewing the proposed sectors to ensure that all businesses or establishments affected in one way or another were covered in the extension.  It was also proposed that those who had to self-isolate or quarantine because of Covid-19 could claim income replacement from the UIF.  The UIF said the Nedlac social partners had agreed to two payment periods in the extension. The first would for the period between 16 October and 21 December 2020 and the second from 1 January to 15 March 2021.

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