Is your business labour compliant? Here is a check list to better understand what you need to register for as a South Africa business in order to comply with the first two elements of the Department of Labour’s inspection pamphlet.
Register with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund
In the event of the disablement or death of an employee at work he/she, or their family, may claim provisions from the Compensation Fund. This fund is in place to support those who sustain occupational injuries and diseases, or pass away as a result of complications from these occupational accidents. The financial aid goes to assisting the employees’ dependants in the event that the employee is not able to support them as a result of death or disablement. The funds will also help to cover any outstanding medical expenses.
If the accident is a result of wilful misconduct the Compensation Fund will not be obliged to pay out unless the accident results in death or permanent disability. If the person deceased was wholly responsible for his/her dependants then the available funds will go to the deceased’s family.
Register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund
The National Unemployment Insurance Fund is made up of contributions from employers and employees. Each party contributes 1% of their salaries to the UIF so that funds are available in the event of unemployment.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is in place to protect employees from loss of pay as a result of:
- Employer bankruptcy
- Unpaid maternity leave
Why Registration is Imperative for Employers
The above mentioned funds are in place to protect the employee but if the employer adheres to all relevant labour legislation and labour relations then it protects him/her too. The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases and the Unemployment Insurance Fund keep employers out of debt and saves them from paying expenses in the event that an employee has an accident at work.
SERR Synergy is dedicated to empowering businesses and their employees by helping to ensure that businesses do their part and comply with legislation. This can be a complex process – luckily labour and employment experts at SERR Synergy is here to assist.