FAQs on relief for employees’ and employers’ contribution for 3 months to low wage earning EPF members employed in establishments with employment strength upto one hundred

Apr 15, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) issues Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on relief for employees’ and employers’ contribution for 3 months to low wage earning EPF members employed in establishments with employment strength upto one hundred.

The Questions are as under:

1. What is the objective of this Scheme?

2. What are the effective months during which this Scheme is being implemented?

3. Which are the establishments eligible for getting the benefit of contributions from Central Government?

4. Are all employees of eligible establishment eligible for the Central Govt. relief under this Scheme?

5. Whether an employee, earning less than Rs.15000/- employed in an eligible estt who is no longer a member of Employees' Pension Scheme, 1995 due his attaining age of 58 years but is a member of Employees' Provident Fund Scheme Scheme, 1952 eligible for relief under this Scheme?

6. Can you illustrate the verification of eligibility of an EPF covered establishment for benefit under this Scheme?

7. What is the quantum of Central Govt. relief under this Scheme?

8. Whether employee is defined for the purpose of this Scheme?

9. Who will be considered as contributory member for determining eligibility?

10. How an eligible employee is benefitted by this Scheme?

11. How an employer of eligible establishment is benefitted by this Scheme?

12. Can you illustrate the monetary benefit to an Employee & Employer under this Scheme?

13. So, Central Govt. will bear the entire liability under the Employees' Provident Funds. And Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 for eligible establishments?

14. Whether this scheme is applicable to employees in exempted establishment?

15. If the Universal Account Number (UAN) is not seeded with Aadhaar, how the validation/seeding is possible in lockdown period?

16. Whether the EPFO will communicate with the employers of the establishments found eligible from Electronic Challan cum Returns (ECRs) of month prior to March 2020?

17. How the benefits can be applied for and who has to apply, employer or employee?

18. Is the employer required to file separate ECR for the eligible employees?

19. Is the employer required to file any other information other than ECR?

20. Whether the contributions amount has to be initially paid by the establishment and thereafter reimbursed by Central Government?

21. What is the responsibility of employer for availing the benefits?


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