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SSS ensures benefit to members, urges employers to be compliant

The Social Security System is reminding all employers, registered and unregistered, to be compliant with their legal obligations to their employees, regardless of employment status, to avoid penalty and imprisonment under the provisions of Republic Act No. 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018.

Failure or refusal to comply with the provisions of RA 11199 by the employer is punishable by a fine of not less than P5,000 nor more than P20,000, or imprisonment for not less than six years nor more than 12 years, or both, at the discretion of the court.

But if the violation consists in failure or refusal to register employees or himself, in case of the covered self-employed, or to deduct contributions from the employee’s compensation and remit the same to the SSS, the penalty shall be a fine of not less than P5,000 nor more than P20,000, and imprisonment for not less than six years nor more than 12 years.

In case the employer deducted the SS contribution or loan amortization from employee’s salary/wages but failed to remit to the SSS, the imposable penalty shall be that provided under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code on Estafa which provides an imprisonment not exceeding 20 years. Other sanctions which may be imposed against delinquent employers are the issuance of Warrant of Distraint, Levy and/or Garnishment, and non-issuance of SSS Certificate of Compliance/Clearance, a press release from SSS said yesterday.

“Although we are still coping with the financial crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, business owners are still expected to fulfill their statutory obligations to secure the welfare and interests of their workers,” SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said.

Under RA 11199, employers are mandated to register their businesses with the SSS by accomplishing the Employer Registration Form (SS Form R-1) and to report all their employees for SSS coverage using the Employment Report Form (SS Form R-1A) within 30 days from actual employment date. They should also deduct from the employee’s salaries/wages the employee share in the monthly SSS contribution and pay together with the employer share of the contribution, including the Employees’ Compensation contribution, and remit these to the SSS through the branch offices with tellering facilities or through SSS accredited banks and collection partners within the prescribed schedule of payments.

Aside from deduction and remittance of SSS contributions, employers should deduct/withhold from employees’ salaries/wages their monthly loan amortizations based on the scheduled payment deadlines and remit the same to the nearest SSS branch office with tellering services or SSS accredited collecting partners. It is also the responsibility of the employers to submit the Loan Collection list online through their My.SSS account at the SSS website.

“We have also been receiving reports of unposted loan payments from our employed members. However, employers have failed to submit the loan collection lists to SSS which is very important since it is the basis for the crediting of loan payments to the member’s account,” Ignacio said.

She reiterated that employers should pay in advance their employees’ SS and EC sickness benefits, and maternity benefits due to qualified female employees. Registered employers may now submit online their sickness benefit reimbursement applications and maternity benefit reimbursement applications through their My.SSS account.

As of June 2021, there were 988,324 active employers composed of household employers and registered establishments that are operational.

There were 11,243 cases filed against delinquent employers nationwide, also as of June.

Delinquent employers who could not immediately pay their liabilities but wish to settle may avail of the Installment Payment Scheme Program by securing an updated and consolidated Statement of Account of its due but unpaid/unremitted contributions and penalty delinquencies and submitting an accomplished Application for Installment Payment Scheme to the concerned Branch Office/Large Account Department.

After submission of the application for installment together with the supporting documents, such as but not limited to contributions collection list and duly notarized promissory note, the employers shall be required to pay at least five percent of the total delinquency as down payment, and issue post-dated checks corresponding to the months covered by the installment. This payment scheme is available for both the contributions and loan payment delinquencies of employers, the press release added.*

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