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parliamentAfter having received support from members of Parliament’s Labour Portfolio Committee on 17 and 24 February 2016 and on 9 March 2016, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Bill has been referred to the National Assembly.  

This was indicated by Advocate Cornelius Phathela during a media briefing on various UIF programmes at the Imbizo Centre in Parliament on Thursday.  “The next step of the process is that the bill is still to be presented before the National Assembly for approval, and will then be ratified by the President,” Advocate Phathela indicated.  The bill will see contract workers, among others, being eligible to claim from the UIF and will also address the exclusion of civil servants in the current legislation.  Amongst a number of other objects, the bill will extend the period that contributors can submit a claim from six to 12 months.  A contributor will also be entitled to illness benefits if the days of illness are less than seven days, which will be reduced from the previous provision of 14 days.

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