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Can my employer withhold my provident fund for damages for which I am responsible?

The employer cannot withhold any provident fund benefits himself. He has to ask the provident fund for permission.

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I resigned my job months ago but I still haven't received my provident fund payout. What can I do?

If you belong to a bargaining council fund it can take up to six months.

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My late father worked as a domestic worker for 11 years but was not registered. What can I do?

All employers must register employees with the Unemployment Insurance Fund. You can report the employers to the Labour Department.

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How do miners with TB or silicosis get compensation?

There are four steps to follow to submit a claim.

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My boss swears at me and sent fake details to the labour department. We don't get holiday pay. What can I do about it?

Not registering you and sending fake details to the Department of Labour is a crime, as is not paying your annual leave or swearing at you.

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Our bosses drive the best cars but pay us less than R20 per hour and don't contribute to UIF. What can we do?

You can join a union and insist on your rights under the law.

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How do I go about claiming my provident fund from work?

Most provident funds say you must remain a member of the fund as long as you are employed by the employer participating in the fund.

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I believe a CCMA arbitrator was biased against me. What can I do?

You do not have the right to appeal a decision of the arbitrator, but you can take the arbitrator to the Labour Court for misconduct.

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We work long hours and below minimum wage. What can we do?

You cannot be dismissed for insisting on your rights under the law.

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