If you are a MISA member who is registered with the Sick, Accident and Maternity Pay Fund (SAF) by your employer and are booked off for sick leave due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the new COVID-19 Sick Fund Benefits.
Effective from the 12th of February 2021, if you have been booked off for COVID-19 quarantine requirements and you either do not have adequate sick leave credits to cater for the 10-day quarantine period, or if you have exhausted your annual SAF sick leave credits and you have a medical certificate, or a COVID-19 positive test result corresponding with the quarantine period; you may be eligible to have a portion of the SAF accident leave benefit converted into COVID-19 sick benefits.
In order to be eligible for this benefit you need to:
A member will only be eligible for this benefit once in a 12-month period, subject to the applicable terms and conditions.
This benefit shall not be considered where:
The benefit is intended to ensure that eligible MISA members do not have to contend with unpaid sick leave for to COVID-19 quarantine purposes, however, members should not expect that they will receive any financial pay-outs as a result of the benefit.
On the other hand, MISA members should not have deductions made against their salaries for the SAF sick leave benefits, as these are employer funded. In order to avoid unnecessary unpaid leave, members need to ensure that they abide by the rules of the Fund for all sick leave taken.