Being creatures of habit and pushing ourselves to positive thoughts, adjustability and biting the bullet; it was a given on 27 March 2020 that if only we can put our minds to the next three weeks, we will survive! The COVID-19 spread will stop! Then the rug of hope to return to “normal” on the 17th of April 2020 was pulled out from under us and now “normal” is another two weeks away! Or is it?
During the past few weeks it became clear that the lockdown is not only a healing and break the chain initiative, but an attempt to create a health contingency to face the reality of COVID-19 in the months to come. All of this, and due to the economic cost, we will have to work very hard to recover from. Going back to work from the 1st of May 2020, if not extended, will not be as simple as returning from a holiday and business as normal. You must change your way of thinking; you must be flexible to change and you must be vigilant! Facing new challenges, that is the reality!
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Employers are entitled, and encouraged, to claim UIF on behalf of their employees from the COVID-19 Temporary Employee-Employer Relief Scheme for a period of three months. Should your employer introduce a temporary lay-off or closure of business, because of not having the funds to compensate you, they may still claim on your behalf during the temporary lay-off closure period.
Having said that, it does not take away MISA’s responsibility towards our members. Take note that your employer must consult with MISA prior to placing you on short time; temporary lay-off or even retrenchment. This is not an option, it is mandatory, as it will have a direct impact on your employment and livelihood.
MISA must be notified immediately, do not face this alone!
In a Nutshell: MISA have your back and will be your voice in this very difficult and uncertain time you are facing.
Remember MISA is just a phone call away!
 in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (ACT NO. 57 OF 2002) is effective for a period of 3 (three) months from 25 March 2020 up until 25 June 2020.