UIF TERS Update and calculator

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

22 April 2020

We have received helpful information regarding UIF TERS applications from our colleagues at the Plastic Converters Association of SA (PCASA). Acknowledgement and thanks to the PCASA for their input on the issues below.


UPDATE ON UIF TERS APPLICATIONS


We have reports from some members of payments received. These payments do not in all cases correlate with the benefit as set out in the MOA and seem to be partial payments. This has been brought to the attention of the UIF Commissioner and we await clarification. We do, however, advise that you use the UIF TERS Portal and lodge a complaint via the email link. It is clear that this only applies in cases where members have either advanced payments or paid employees partially for the time physically worked.

It is of utmost importance that you lodge your own complaint and keep record of same to be able to make follow-ups once the lockdown is lifted.

The UIF also acknowledges that they are aware of a system error in cases where employees have received payments from the employer, which at first glance are in excess of the benefit. The system erroneously has not allocated any benefit in these instances. The UIF is addressing the system error.

The majority of reports where a nil income was used have been that the calculations are correct. We are aware, however, of anomalies in the payments received where partial payments to employees have been made. None of the members who have received payments from the UIF have received a schedule which shows how much each employee is entitled to receive, as per the MOA. You will not be able to allocate the benefit to each employee following receipt of the bulk payment. However, we have been informed that these schedules will be emailed out to companies from Friday, 24 April 2020.

It seems clear from the feedback we have received from UIF that online applications are receiving preference and that members should submit manual applications via the online portal. The latter has its own challenges since some members who submitted manually are unable to upload the CSV file. Please persist with your complaints in order to rectify the situation. We have shared information on how to overcome this problem.

Finally it also appears that, even though the UIF initially requested two separate submissions for the periods 27 March to 16 April 2020 and thereafter the second submission for the period 17 April to 30 April 2020, the UIF is using the first submission to calculate the entire 35 day lockdown period. This may have a negative effect on your applications and you should also raise a complaint should this be the case.

UIF TERS CALCULATOR

We have finally received the calculation applied by the UIF in determining the benefit payable. The formula has been used to create an Excel spreadsheet to assist members in calculating an estimated benefit per employee.

Please note that the formula applied in the spreadsheet is based on the following assumptions:
• You have made a nil payment to employees;
• The lockdown period is limited to 30 days and not 35 as would be reflected in the payment, therefore the estimated benefit excludes the additional five days to which employees are also entitled; and
• Partial payments are not calculated.

How to use the calculator
• Only populate columns C & D (red columns), thereafter the calculations will automatically be completed;
• Since there are three variations, the minimum benefit of R3500.00, the maximum benefit of R6730.00 and a sliding scale between the minimum and maximum the benefit per employee will only appear in one of the three yellow columns (I, J or K); and
• If you wish to calculate the benefit in respect of partial payments, please insert two additional columns. The first column (L) should is the number of days (calendar days including Saturdays and Sundays) the employee did not work and the second column (M) should contain the following calculation =L*G.

The calculator is to give you an indication of what benefit you should be expecting in respect of the payments via the UIF TERS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CALCULATOR IS INTENDED FOR USE AS A TOOL TO GUIDE EMPLOYERS IN TERMS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AMOUNTS EACH EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO IN TERMS OF THE UIF TERS FORMULAE. SAEFA AND THE PCASA MAY NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY INACCURATE INFORMATION AS A RESULT OF USING THIS TOOL.

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