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The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) always implements numerous measures to ensure that employers in the country discharge their responsibility of making contributions for their workers.
EPF enforcement department chief Hardial Singh said one of these initiatives, which has been implemented successfully, is having a proactive enforcement team and an effective monitoring system.
“The team is committed and professional. Other than advocacy, the officers in the team, who are known as inspectors, are also prepared to give advisory service and reach out to the employers who may have problems in understanding and implementing their responsibility,” he said in an interview with Bernama at the EPF headquarters yesterday.
He said if the enforcement team found that an employer had failed to make contributions for a certain month, an officer would inform the employer via telephone or issue a reminder, which is followed up with an inspection visit to the premises.
The final resort is legal action, which would be taken against an employer who is found to have failed to make contributions for his workers. Stiff legal action could be taken if the employer did not heed the reminder, he said.
“Contributions for workers is also a form of employer appreciation for their workers and, at the same time, it is hoped that it will motivate the workers as they will have savings in their old age,” he said.
He said employers could be jailed and/or fined, while civil action could be taken against the owner and directors of a company and they could be barred from going abroad if they failed to settle outstanding workers’ contributions under the provisions of the EPF Act 1991. — Bernama