Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You can’t claim UIF if you quit!

I was at our South Coast Office the other day when a gentleman came in with an enquiry. He looked to be in his late forties and wanted to know how to access funds he had paid into the Association’s Employee Benefit Scheme. He explained to us that he resigned from his job after 27 years of service and was now in need of whatever monies were available to him.

According to him, he had spent the greater part of his life working for a particular company and when it was sold, the new owners went out of their way to make his life as difficult as possible. It got the point where he felt that his only option was to resign and given that he believes it happened under duress, he is pursuing CCMA recourse.

He mentioned that he was told that if one resigns from their job, they can’t claim from the state Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and proceeded to ask whether this was true or not.  My first thought was that if this gentleman had been paying into it for an extended period of time, surely he should have access to it? I went online and visited  and was somewhat surprised to discover that if you do quit your job, you are indeed prohibited from claiming.  It hardly seems fair when one considers the likes of this case, where he probably paid into the fund for 27 odd years.

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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