The district’s Social Security Organisation (Socso) has conducted checks on 50 companies in September and issued 23 compounds to employers who failed to register or contribute on behalf of their employers to Socso.
Kluang Socso manager Zanurin Zakaria said the employers were fined between RM500 and RM1,500 for each offence under Section 4 and 5 of the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969.
“Checks were conducted at Simpang Renggam, Ayer Hitam and Mersing and most of the employers found to have breached the ruling were kindergarten and canteen operators.
Comment From NBC:
Every company is required to contribute SOCSO for its employees, whether they are full/part time, permanent or temporary, employment or contract. A company must remit the contribution sum to Perkeso Office before the end of the following month.
Failing to submit the forms & remit the payment within the period will result in late interest (penalty) charged by Perkeso.
Zanurin Zakaria add on, “We will continue to carry out checks every month to ensure employers do their part for the welfare of their employees.”
“Those who failed to pay their fine within an issued time frame will be taken to ministry for legal actions,” he said after a ceremony of cheque and contribution presentation to 10 recipients in conjunction with Deepavali celebration at Socso office in Jalan Duku here on Thursday.
The recipients received cheques amounted RM59,813 from Johor executive councillor R. Vidyananthan.
From January to September this year, Socso has issued claims totaling RM4,850,533 for cases in Kluang district alone, said Zanurin.
Meanwhile, Vidyananthan urged employees to check the status of their Socso contribution at the Socso office from time to time to enhance their welfare is protected.
“There are many cases where employees found out that they did not contribute when they tried to claim from Socso after accidents happened.
“Some of them have their Socso contribution deducted on their payslips every month but employers failed to do their part by contributing to Sosco on their behalf,” he said.
In order to avoid confusion later when any unwanted incident happened, he said employees should help themselves by checking their own contribution status.
Vidyananthan also urged employers to be responsible and make sure they register their employees with Socso and do the contribution on their behalf.
“Be a responsible employer and fulfill your responsibility because Socso contribution is very important for the welfare of your workers,” he said.
Vidyananthan added that the country has existing laws to protect the people however it needed cooperation of all parties to ensure protection of all employees.
Source: thestar online