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    COVID-19 and UIF claims

    Are directors of companies and members of CC's allowed to pay their own salaries during lockdown while staff are put on unpaid leave and have to claim UIF?

    If and when the SMME website is working, and if a business receives funds to cover wages, what about all of the employees who have already gone to claim UIF? Should we inform UIF of the funding received and that they should no longer pay those employees, and how do we inform them?
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    I don't think there is a problem with it. What I would be careful of is that you treat the same departments the same. Can't put storeroom staff on unpaid leave, but one of them is family and he/she receives full pay.

    You can argue that the directors/members are essential for the business to enable the business to continue operations after the lockdown.

    UIF. The company is responsible to register en deregister employers when the start and when they leave, and to pay over the monthly deductions to UIF. If the employee continues to claim, I would argue that it is their issue. If the company completed and submitted the correct forms to UIF, then the companies side is clean.
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