Thursday, September 24, 2009

Socso: More Erring Bosses.

It's fine galore at Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) when it noted that 4,173 employers have been slapped with RM500 compound notices since it launched its latest operation to identify those who fail to register with it.

The News Straits Times reported that they were among the 21,370 employers checked so far under the operation codenamed "Ops Kesan Perkeso 2009" which was launched last month.

Socso chief executive officer K. Selvarajah was quoted in the report as saying that the errant employers were given two weeks to settle the compound fine, failing which they would be charged in court.

If found guilty, they can be sentenced to two years' jail or a fine of RM10,000 or both under the Employees' Social Security Act 1969.

"The operation is also aimed at protecting employees under the Employment Injury Insurance Scheme (EIIS) and the Invalidity Pension Scheme (IPS)," he added.

The report also noted that many of the errant employers were identified through their employees who came to Socso offices to make claims under either the EIIS or IPS.

"Some employers deduct the money from the workers' pay for Socso but do not remit it to Socso," he said, adding many times employees lose out on their benefits due to their employers' failure to remit the contributions.