How do I qualify for a Funeral Grant?

To qualify for a Funeral Grant, the insured person must have paid 26 weeks of contributions (6 months). A Funeral Grant assists with the expenses of: – An insured person – The wife or husband of an insured person or – A dependant child of an insured person (a dependant child is a child under the age of 15 years and if in full-time education, under the age of 21).

How do I qualify for an Age pension?

To qualify for an Age Pension, you should be 65 years and must have contributed at least 500 weekly contributions. (10 years)

How do I register?

Registration involves filling out the Employee’s Registration Form that is available on the Downloadable Forms section. The form must be submitted with a birth certificate or passport.

How long is Maternity Allowance paid for?

Maternity Allowance is payable for the benefit period of up to 13 weeks, providing the woman did not return to work

How much is a Funeral Grant?

The amount of a funeral grant depends on the age of the deceased. Not exceeding 1 year 

How old do I have to be to register with the Social Security Board?

Once employed, all persons between the ages of 15 and 65 should be registered with the Board.

Should any deductions be made on my behalf if I am over the age of 65?

No contributions are to be deducted from your salary if you continue to work after age 65. However, your employer must contribute 1/2% of your insurable earnings, as coverage for employment injury.

What do I do if a family member dies?

Submit a claim for Funeral Grant along with a death certificate, receipts for the amount of the funeral expenses and a detailed undertaker

What happens if I remain sick longer than 6 months?

If you are sick for a period that is longer than 6 months, you qualify with us for Invalidity Benefit.

What if I change jobs, do I need a new number?

There is no need to re-register each time you change jobs or did not work for a period of time. You will continue to use your same social security number.

What if I do not have 500 contributions?

If you do not quality for an Age pension, you may qualify for an Age grant. To qualify for an Age grant you must be 65 years and have contributed at least 50 contributions but less than 500 contributions.

What if I get married or my name changes for any reason?

If you change your name due to marriage or other reasons, you should notify the office and provide evidence of change (marriage certificate, affidavit, etc.)

What is the duration of Sickness benefit?

Sickness benefit is paid for a maximum period of 26 weeks providing the illness continues.

What is the time period for claiming for Sickness Benefit?

Sickness benefit should be claimed within 30 days from the day on which the incapacity for work commenced.

When do I claim for Maternity Benefit?

Claim for Maternity benefit should be made no earlier than 6 weeks before the date of expected confinement but no later than 4 weeks after the confinement date.

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