What benefits do you receive from the UIF?

The UIF will pay you unemployment benefits, illness benefits, maternity benefits and death benefits. Illness benefits can be claimed if you are ill for two weeks or longer.

Maternity benefits can be claimed if you are pregnant and taking maternity leave. You can take maternity leave from four weeks before the expected date of birth and you may not work for a period of six weeks after the birth.

Note that you can claim adoption benefits if you legally adopt a child younger than two years old and take time off from work to look after the child. However, only one of the adoptive parents can apply for benefits.

The wife/husband or minor child of someone who has died can claim death benefits if the deceased contributed to the fund.

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