UIF Maternity Claims
Claiming UIF for maternity leave can be a difficult process to embark on – we take the difficulty out by providing support and guidance by ensuring your UIF forms are correct.
There are several scary-looking maternity UIF documents to be completed and the queues at your local Department of Labour office are long and slow-moving. Not ideal when you are highly pregnant or have a new-born baby.
In line with the amendment of section 33 of the Unemployment Insurance Act 63 of 2001 UIF-Hero is no longer allowed to charge a fee for the processing of your UIF maternity claim.
You are now getting the UIF service as detailed below for free if you purchase a digital print valued at R900. The digital print, which will be emailed to you is a beautiful and tastefully created baby nursery artwork, which you may print & frame and hang in your baby's nursery room. (The cost of printing and framing is not included in the R900).
Our free service includes:
Send you all necessary maternity UIF forms from the Department of Labour for completion (including a guideline document how to complete them correctly)
Check all UIF maternity documents, which you completed for any errors and gaps to avoid any delays with the maternity claim submission
Submit all forms to the Department of Labour
Answer all your questions as and when you need help
Submit UI4 / Continuation of payment forms on a monthly basis to the Department of Labour until completion of UIF maternity claim.
Below you will find a few of the most important questions & answers.
1. What are the maternity benefits paid by UIF?
Expectant mothers are entitled to UIF maternity benefits for the period of the maternity leave but not more than 4 months as prescribed by the Department of Labour.
2.Do I qualify to receive maternity benefits from the UIF?
In general everybody who is on maternity leave can claim UIF maternity benefits from the government's Unemployed Insurance Fund.
However there are a few criteria to consider to find out if you are eligible to claim for UIF maternity benefits:
You must be registered for UIF (your employer should do that)
You must have contributed to UIF every month
You must not receive 100% of your salary while on maternity leave
You can claim as a foreigner (if you have a valid work permit and passport)
If you have claimed UIF maternity benefits in the last four years, you may claim again now. However if you claimed UIF unemployment benefits in the last four years you may not claim. Contact us so that we can discuss your specific situation.
If you are a member of a Close Corporation or a director of a company (Pty Ltd) you can claim Maternity UIF. If you are a sole proprietor then you should not contribute to UIF and can't claim either.
2.When do I need to fill in all the documents and send to UIF-Hero?
Once we have established that you qualify for UIF maternity benefits we will send you the relevant UIF maternity forms. We can only submit them to the Department of Labour once you have started your maternity leave.
3. When is the earliest a maternity benefit claim can be submitted?
A UIF pregnancy claim can only be submitted once you started your maternity leave. Nevertheless you can have all UIF forms for maternity completed so that by the time you are on maternity leave they can be submitted immediately.
Important: If you receive your full salary for a few months while on maternity leave and want to claim for additional unpaid months, the claim can only be submitted when you are on the unpaid portion of your maternity leave.