With effect from 01 November 2019, in terms of Government Gazette No 42678, dated 02 September 2019.

  1. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) said it is ready to receive claims for parental benefits. UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping said the fund would provide necessary financial relief to UIF contributors while they spend time bonding and caring for their new child or children. “It is all systems go. We have finalised the new forms to process claims and payments. Our systems have been upgraded to enable us to process the parental benefit,” he said. The UIF would start processing claims for the new parental benefits to contributing and qualifying UIF beneficiaries from today. Qualifying UIF contributors can visit any labour centre in the country. To submit a claim, applicants need an identity document, the birth certificate of the child with full details of parents and details of a valid bank account.   You can log onto the website www.labour.gov.za, click on documents and download the parental leave forms.

The provisions pertaining to parental leave, in clause 2 below, should be included as an addendum in the current contracts of employment.

    • If the Employee is a parent to a child, he/she is entitled to 10 (ten) consecutive days’ parental leave commencing from –
      • the day on which his/her child is born; or
      • the date upon which the adoptive order is granted or the child is placed in his/her care, as an adoptive parent, by a competent court.
    • The Employee must notify the Company in writing, unless he/she is unable to do so, of the date on which he/she intends to take parental leave and the date on which he/she intends to return to work.
    • Such notification must be given to the Company at least 4 (four) weeks before he/she intends on taking parental leave and/or otherwise as soon as reasonably possible.
    • If the Employee is a commissioning parent or adopting a child, he/she will have the rights, entitlements and obligations outlined in section 25B and section 25C of the BCEA.


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