Public hearings to be held on Unemployment Insurance Bill

Public hearings to be held on Unemployment Insurance Bill

Cape Town - The Portfolio Committee on Labour is expected to hold public hearings into the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill (UI Bill), next week.

According to a statement, the Chairperson of the Committee Lumka Yengeni, said the intention of the Bill was to empower workers who have just lost their employment by extending the benefits they are usually entitled to after losing their jobs.

“The UI Bill is really intended to empower poor people by extending unemployment benefits to a wide range of citizens affected by unemployment including public servants, and learners who are undergoing learnership training,” Ms. Yengeni said.

“Other matters contemplated in the Bill are maternity benefits, enforcement provisions, employment services and entitlement to unemployment insurance benefits even for women who have had miscarriage,” she said.

Public hearings will happen in Parliament on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, and attendants are expected to include labour representatives, business, academics and non-governmental organisations.

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