Maternity Leave UIF

Maternity Leave UIF

Who can claim Maternity UIF?

The following people can claim Maternity UIF:

  • Salary earners and employees who have been paying UIF
  • Members of a CC or directors of a company making monthly drawings or taking a salary from the company
  • Salary earners who have a stillborn or miscarriage in their third trimester can claim UIF for six weeks
  • Salary earners who resign while pregnant or while on maternity leave can claim UIF for up to 4 months
  • Non SA residents with a valid work permit who have been paying UIF
  • If you are adopting a child

The following people can not claim Maternity UIF:

  • Those who only earn commission, with no basic
  • Sole proprietors
  • Learners
  • Foreign workers on contract
  • Salary earners / employees whose employers have not been deducting UIF
  • You cannot claim UIF if you are receiving a full salary while on maternity leave
  • You might not be able to claim if you have claimed sickness or unemployment benefits in the last 4 years
  • If you work less than 24 hours in a month
  • If you get a monthly state pension or a grant from the Compensation Fund
  • You may not be able to claim if you work for a government department

How much Maternity UIF can I claim?

You can expect to receive somewhere between 38% – 58% of your monthly salary (up to a salary limit of R14,782). The less you earn, the bigger the percentage. If you are paid hourly and your salary fluctuates, then you can claim on the average of the last 6 months.

You can claim for a maximum of 121 days (four months). This will be calculated based on your last four years of employment. For every six months you have worked you will get 1 month of UIF, up to a maximum of 4 months.

The law entitles you to four consecutive months of leave after giving birth, and prohibits you from working within 6 weeks after giving birth. If you choose to take more than four months of maternity leave, then you will not be able to claim UIF for the additional months.

You cannot claim UIF if you are receiving a full salary. However if you are being paid a portion of your salary, you may claim the unpaid portion from UIF. (Eg. if you are being paid 75%, then you can claim the other 25% from UIF. You cannot get more than 100% of your salary.)

If your company gives you 2 months of maternity leave on full pay, then you are not able to claim UIF for an additional four months. You will be able to claim for an additional two months however.

You can only claim UIF for the time you are actually on maternity leave. If you only take two months of maternity leave, you cannot claim UIF for an additional two months.

If you have a stillborn or miscarriage in your third trimesterm you can claim UIF for six weeks.

If you resign while pregnant or while on maternity leave you can claim UIF for up to 4 months. This is the only time you can claim UIF when you resign.

When can I claim Maternity UIF?

You must claim within 6 months from the birth of your baby, but it is always best to apply as early as possible, in case of any problems or delays. You cannot claim before your maternity leave begins.

If you are retrenched or your contract ends while you are pregnant, you need to claim for maternity UIF first, and then unemployment UIF. If you claim unemployment UIF first, you will probably not be able to claim maternity UIF.

How will I be paid Maternity UIF?

You will be paid directly into your bank account. Please note that the bank account must be in your name. You cannot be paid into a joint account or into someone else’s account.

Will I be taxed on Maternity UIF?

No. There is no tax due on UIF payments.

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