Thursday, August 6

Sibu firm faces hefty fine for late registration with Socso


FOR SAKE OF WORKERS: Dundang (third left) checks on an outlet with other Socso officials under ‘Ops Kesan’. They inspected 50 premises on Tuesday, 70 on Wednesday and 107 yesterday.

SIBU: An employer risks being slapped with a hefty compound of RM4,000 for late registration of business and employees with Social Security Organisation (Socso), the highest sum under the three-day ‘Ops Kesan’.

The employer was among five netted during the final day of the enforcement operations here yesterday which saw 107 premises inspected.

“We will refer the case for compounding as it flouted Section 4 of the Employee’s Social Security Act 1969. The higher compound is due to the long period of delay in registering with Socso,” Socso Sibu branch manager Dundang Undong told The Borneo Post during the enforcement operation.

About 30 enforcement officers from Sibu, Sarikei and Kapit divided in groups checked on shopping malls, food and drink outlets, shoes galleries, boutique, stationery shops, pharmacies, and offices.

Socso state director John Riba Marin when launching the Ops here on Tuesday, said employers failing to toe the line would be slapped with a compound ranging RM500 to RM4,000 on the spot, depending on severity of the offence.

Disclosing the other four cases, Dundang said two flouted Section 5 of Employee’s Social Security Act 1969 for delay in registering of employees with them, while the rest contravened Section 4 of the Act.

Among the cases which they had acted on for non-compliance with Section 5, he noted a case where an employer delayed in registering a part-time employee.

Dundang explained: “When a business employs a worker, it is mandatory to get the employee registered 30 days from the date of employment, irrespective of whether on contract, full-time or part-time basis.”

He warned that it was an offence for employers to only register their employees with Socso upon completion of their probation period. He cautioned that mishaps could happen anytime and hence, imperative for employers to ensure employees are covered under Socso protection scheme.

On Wednesday, they inspected some 70 premises and about 50 on Tuesday. The ‘Ops Kesan’ will be resumed on Sept 24 for two days.