It is possible to claim UIF for employees due to temporary closure of your business, however this requires that each employee has an individual application completed.
To the best of our knowledge and based on advice we’ve received, it seems that wherever possible, employers are encouraged to apply for TERS rather than having employees go through UIF. The employer will then distribute the allowance to their employees.
This will effectively allow for consolidated claims rather than many thousands of claims from individual employees, which will hopefully reduce strain on the UIF and allow for some measure of effectiveness in paying out benefits.
For any queries more detailed than this, we still recommend contacting the UIF or TERS phone lines.