Article written by Albert Mouton (SEESA)
South Africa and the world at large are currently going through a devastating economic downturn as a result of COVID-19. Employers and employees alike are living through an incredibly uncertain time with the nationwide lockdown. Whilst many efforts have been implemented by the Government to lessen the dire economic impact of the lockdown, money from the relief scheme is not always immediately available.
For the businesses that have been unable to work during the lockdown, it is important to note that employers are not legally obliged to pay staff and may put staff on lay-off whereby no work is rendered but likewise no remuneration is paid by the employer. Where employees have lost out on their normal remuneration or a portion thereof, they are eligible to claim from the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme.