There are 892 000 people employed as domestic workers in the country, from gardeners to cleaners, nannies and private carers.
All of whom, by law, must be registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).
Failure to fulfil this legal responsibility could incur fines or, worse, imprisonment. Yet despite this, many people who perform domestic work remain unregistered.
Still, it's never too late to register a domestic worker for UIF, says Adv. Kaiel Grobler of LAW FOR ALL advising that an employer will likely pay a penalty as well as interest on money owed but registering is possible now.
Here's what you need to know to register your domestic worker employee with the UIF.
Also see: My domestic worker wants to claim UIF but I have never made a payment. What do I do?
An employer is expected to contribute 1% of their employee's salary every month. The domestic worker employee is expected to contribute the same (1%) and the amount is usually deducted from their monthly earnings.
You'll need to provide the following information when registering
- ID number
- Physical Address
- Postal Address
- Mobile number
- ID number
- Salary information
Completing the forms
Domestic employers must complete two forms, including:
Apart from an in-person visit to a Labour Centre near you (bringing along copies of the above mentioned forms), you'll be able to register via:
- The Department of Labour's online system here ufiling.labour.gov.za
- Email the UI-8D and UI-19 forms to at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail the forms to: The UIF, Pretoria 0052
Once registered, you'll receive a contributor number also called a UIF reference number which you'll be able to use via uFiling to make payments.
For more details, visit: ufiling.labour.gov.za
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