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APPLICATIONS FOR JULY/AUGUST TO OPEN
The applications for TERS benefits for the period of 1 July 2020 to 15 August 2020 will open on Monday, 17 August 2020.
Although it seems that the same application system will be used for this period, the categories of employees who qualify for benefits have been limited.
In terms of the directive, the benefits are only available to employees where the employer:
• is not yet permitted to operate either fully or partially due to the lockdown regulations; and/or
• is unable to implement special measures in respect of vulnerable employees or is unable to make alternative arrangements for them to work from home; and/or
• is unable to use employees, either fully or partially, because of operational requirements. Although reference is made to operational requirements in general, it seems that the directive is focused on operational requirements due to the need to limit the number of employees in the workplace through staggering of working hours, short time etc., as required by the regulations.
It also seems that April and May applications may be closed in September and employers who have not yet applied for these periods are urged to do so before this date.
Please click here to view the directive.
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