The hassle-free way to claim for UIF maternity benefits
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If it were quick and easy to submit a UIF maternity benefit claim our services wouldn't be required. Unfortunately 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. Below you will find a few of the most important questions & answers.
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. These benefits are paid from the UIF (UnInsurance Fund).
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 been contributed to UIF every month
You must not receive 100% of your salary while on maternity leave
If you have claimed UIF maternity benefits in the last four years, you may claim again now.
As of 2010, you can claim UIF pregnancy benefits even if you are not a South-African citizen – provided that you contribute to UIF, and you must have a valid work permit
If you are a member of a Close Corporation or a director of a company (Pty Ltd) you can claim Maternity UIF.
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.
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. Important: If you receive your full salary for a few months while on maternity leave and want to claim for additional unpaid months a claim can only be submitted when you are on the unpaid months of your maternity leave.