La­bor Min­istry con­tem­plat­ing new ex­ten­sion

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The La­bor Min­istry is look­ing to tackle the is­sue of de­lays in so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tion no­tices by ex­tend­ing the dead­line for the Jan­uary con­tri­bu­tion pay­ment up to end-March, while stress­ing that con­tri­bu­tions will not be lost while no fines will be im­posed ei­ther.

The agen­cies of the new Sin­gle So­cial Se­cu­rity En­tity (EFKA) are striv­ing to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, which af­fects thou­sands of salary work­ers who also work as free­lancers. The prob­lem is that EFKA has been un­able to as­cer­tain their pre­cise form of em­ploy­ment in 2015 or whether they con­tinue to have ac­tive in­voice books for ser­vices ren­dered (known as “blokakia”).

Hav­ing al­ready ex­tended the dead­line once for the Jan­uary con­tri­bu­tions – to tomorrow – the min­istry is now con­tem­plat­ing an­other ex­ten­sion only for those work­ers who are yet to be no­ti­fied about the pre­cise amount they have to pay. Notably, March 31 should be the dead­line for the pay­ment of Fe­bru­ary con­tri­bu­tions too.

Sources said that some of the no­tices were fi­nally up­loaded yes­ter­day, mainly con­cern­ing the 30,000 engi­neers who were salary work­ers and had an ac­tive in­voice book in 2015.

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