SSS tight­ens en­force­ment of em­ployer com­pli­ance, col­lects P1.4-B thru le­gal ac­tion

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Em­ploy­ers who dis­re­gard their obli­ga­tions with the Social Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (SSS) can ex­pect crim­i­nal and civil le­gal ac­tions against them fol­low­ing the di­rec­tive from the new SSS man­age­ment to in­ten­sify the agency’s en­force­ment of their com­pli­ance with the law.

SSS Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Le­gal Coun­sel Voltaire P. Agas noted that SSS has ini­ti­ated le­gal ac­tions such as is­suance of de­mand let­ters and fil­ing of cases against over 34,000 delin­quent em­ploy­ers since 2010, bring­ing in al­most P1.4 bil­lion in col­lec­tions to date.

“We will not hes­i­tate to go af­ter and file cases against those dis­cov­ered to be vi­o­la­tors of the Social Se­cu­rity (SS) Act, such as non- and un­der­re­port­ing of em­ploy­ees, as well as non- and un­der-re­mit­tance of con­tri­bu­tions. For the past sev­eral years, SSS has been ac­tively go­ing af­ter delin­quent em­ploy­ers, and we will con­tinue to strengthen our cam­paign to en­sure that com­pa­nies obey the law,” he said.

The ef­forts of SSS also re­sulted in a to­tal of 41 em­ployer con­vic­tions since 2010, with a cor­re­spond­ing col­lectible delin­quency of P61.66 mil­lion. SSS plans to fur­ther in­ten­sify its cam­paign to bring down em­ployer delin­quency us­ing the full strength of the law un­der the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Agas em­pha­sized the need for the pen­sion fund to max­i­mize the pow­ers pro­vided by the SS Act so that it can in­crease its con­tri­bu­tion col­lec­tions to en­able the fund to grant higher pen­sions and ben­e­fits.

Un­der the law, em­ploy­ers who fail to re­port workers for SSS cov­er­age and re­mit em­ploy­ees’ monthly con­tri­bu­tions will be pun­ished with a fine of P5,000 to P20,000, im­pris­on­ment of six years up to 12 years, or both based on the dis­cre­tion of the court. Em­ploy­ers with delin­quent em­ployee con­tri­bu­tions are also charged a monthly penalty of three per­cent un­til the over­due SSS pre­mi­ums are fully paid.

“Em­ploy­ers who deduct SSS pay­ments from their workers’salaries but fail to re­mit these to the SSS are like­wise guilty of com­mit­ting the crime of estafa, which is also pun­ish­able by im­pris­on­ment un­der the Re­vised Pe­nal Code,” Agas said.

Un­der the SS Act, pri­vate com­pa­nies are re­quired to re­port new workers for SSS cov­er­age within 30 days from the start of em­ploy­ment and re­mit the proper amount of con­tri­bu­tions – in­clud­ing the em­ployer and em­ployee share — to SSS ev­ery month.

“We will craft poli­cies and im­prove our mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems to en­sure that em­ploy­ers faith­fully com­ply with their SSS obli­ga­tions. May this serve as a stern warn­ing to all erring em­ploy­ers to start chang­ing their ways and start do­ing things right,” Agas said.

He also urged em­ploy­ees to take an ac­tive role in as­sert­ing their right to social se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion by re­port­ing to any SSS branch their em­ploy­ers who ne­glect to re­port them for SSS cov­er­age, un­der­re­port their salaries re­sult­ing in lower con­tri­bu­tion pay­ments, or fail to re­mit their con­tri­bu­tions on time.

“Ev­ery pri­vate com­pany, re­gard­less of its size, should fully com­ply with the SSS obli­ga­tions pro­vided by the SS Act. It is the man­date of the law and ev­ery­body has to fol­low,” Agas said. (Press Rel ease)

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