The second phase of the COVID-19 withdrawal scheme for members of the Fiji National Provident Fund now includes those who are on leave without pay.

Chief Executive Officer Jaoji Koroi said that while this phase was aimed at providing immediate relief for members who were genuinely unemployed, it has been extended to those who have been sent on leave without pay, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand that a lot of employers want to keep their employees and have opted to send them on leave without pay instead of ending their employment. That is why we are including that category of members in this phase now.”

“We will be relying on employers to be upfront with us regarding the status of their employees. Our team will also conduct the necessary checks to verify members’ employment status,” said Mr. Koroi.

“Submission of applications for phase two have been activated on the myFNPF and the Employers Portal, allowing members to apply from yesterday, June 9,” said Mr. Koroi.

“This means that all those members who received the $220 payment last Friday and are still or are now unemployed, can now submit their applications through the App or their employer, to receive the remaining payment of $880.”

“Other members who were not part of the payout on Friday but are unemployed, as well as those on leave without pay can also apply. These members will qualify for a total payment of $1,100 and this will be paid over five fortnights, beginning on June 23.”

“There is no need to rush because the payment of these funds will end in August, so members can apply any time before the stipulated deadline and they will receive their funds.”

Phase one is closed with a total of 85,959 members paid $54.2m.

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