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Monday, September 28, 2015

MINIMUM WAGES REVISED IN HARYANA w.e.f. 01-NOV-2015



MINIMUM WAGES REVISED IN HARYANA w.e.f. 01-NOV-2015
The Haryana government on 25.9.2015 revised the legal minimum wage in the state by 29 per cent wage for unskilled and 48 per cent for highly skilled workers. The rise will be effective from November 1, 2015


Category of Workers
Current Wages (Rs.)
Revised wages per month (Rs.)
Revised wages per day (Rs.)
Unskilled
5,886.67
7,600.00
292.31
Semi skilled A
6,016.67
7,980.00
306.92
Semi skilled B
6,146.67
8,379.00
322.27
Skilled A
6,276.67
8,797.95
338.38
Skilled B
6,406.67
9,237.85
355.30
Highly skilled
6,536.67
9,699.74
373.07

The detail notification of the same will be sent seperately


Friday, September 25, 2015

Employees except apprentices under Apprenticeship Act will be covered by the Provident Fund Act.

Dear all,

In a recent Judgment  passed in  2015 LLR 893 MADRAS HIGH COURT Hon'ble Mr. V. Ramasubramanian, J. Hon'ble Mr. P.R. Shivakumar, J. W.A. Nos. 463 to 465/2013, D/–13-3-2015 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited vs. Union of India and Others , Employees except apprentices under Apprenticeship Act will be covered by the Provident Fund Act


Important synopsis of the said Judgement

  • The provisions of Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions act, 1952 include every person including apprentices or trainees within the purview of definition to the expression ‘employee' except those engaged under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
  • Employer is also liable to pay EPF contributions in respect of Pre-Induction Training period of the trainees.
I am enclosing herewith the judgment copy for your kind perusal 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

EPFO on Anroid Phones

Dear all 

Good News for EPFO Members Much awaited android app now available …!

The much awaited android app has been launched finally and the same is available for download at following link :
http://search.epfoservices.org:81/EPFOMobileApp/mobileApp_en.php

The app is 2.61MB files provides information on following matters:
1. Members
2. Pensioners
3. Employers
For members :
• Install the app, open it and click on Member
• Select ‘ACTIVATE UAN’
• The members are required  to select the PF office maintaining their account
• They should then punch the establishment code , account number, UAN number, Mobile number
• The mobile number to be put in should be the same as used for UAN activation, if done already
• The member should also click on the check box to confirm that the UAN number and PF number belongs to him
• On the main screen click BALANCE/PASSBOOK  
• Then the member should put in UAN number and mobile number
• Then the next screen opens up wherein the member can see Balance/Passbook

For Pensioners :
• The pensioners are required  to input the PPO number 
• They should then punch the date of birth.
• Details of last few months pension credited will be available for seeing. 

For Employers :
• There is no requirement of registration
• The  employer can verify the TRRN status by punching the TRRN number


An employer is liable to pay EPF contributions along with damages and interest if it fails to prove that its employees are ‘excluded ones'

Dear all,

As we are are aware that many employer are not getting covered  their employees under EPF act if the Basic Wages are more then 15000 or 6500
(before 1st Sep 2014) 

In the recent Appellant filed an appeal before the Employees' Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal, challenging the order passed by the EPF Authority under section 7A and 7Q of the Act on the ground that EPF Authority has not considered the fact that employees drawing salary more than Rs.6500/- per month are ‘excluded employees' not covered under the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.

Only oral submission is not sustainable in respect of stand of the employer that its employees were drawing salary more than Rs.6500/- to bring them under the purview of ‘excluded employees’ not to be coverable under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 in the absence of any documentary evidence since it is mandatory obligation of the employer to maintain its records properly.


The EPF Appellate Tribunal observed that appellant joined the proceedings before the EPF Authority, several opportunities were given to him to submit proper records to prove the factum of wages of the employees to be more than Rs.6500/-  or Rs 15000 ( From 1st Sep-2014) per month, but the employer failed even to produce relevant records including appointment letters showing salary, date of appointment; Form 11 i.e. declaration regarding previous service/membership, salary slips etc. whereas it is mandatory for an employer to maintain proper record regarding every employee. No books of Accounts and Income Tax Returns were submitted. 

No documentary evidence was submitted to prove that employees were drawing salary more than Rs.6500/- per month. Rather, the appellant submitted an affidavit declaring non-maintenance of Books of Accounts and non-submission of Income Tax Returns etc. 

Only oral submission is not sustainable. It is on record that specific number of employees were found working in the appellant establishment upon physical verification of Enforcement Officer. Hence, appeal is dismissed since there is no illegality in the impugned order.

Associated Security & Intelligence Agency vs. APFC, Muzaffarpur 

ATA No. 151(3) 2013, decided on 29.7.2015

From the above order i would request all employer to pls get  proper documentation done  have once copy in the respective Personal file of Employee so that there is no liability in future 



Wednesday, September 02, 2015

EPF Dues to be paid online Mandatory from Jan 2016

Dear all,

As  all are aware that  Monthly EPF dues  are to be paid online 58 Banks are nominated for the same  pls refer to the respective circular as enclosed where in EPF dues if less then Rs 1 lakh such payments can be made through Cheques or Demand draft till 31st Dec 2015 Thereafter it will be mandatory for all employers to make the EPF monthly dues electronically through Internet Banking 

Mandatory online payment of EPF through Electronically from 1st Jan 2016

No Revenue Stamp Required for EPF Withdrawal

Dear all,

Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has done away with the mandatory requirement of affixing one rupee revenue stamp on claim forms thereby bringing independence from this hassle to millions of PF subscribers every year

Henceforth, one rupee revenue stamp will not be required for most of the claim forms as in 97 per cent cases of PF settlement, the payment is made through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT)

The decision was taken after consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice that opined that as per practice, no revenue stamp is required with respect to payment made through NEFT.

Pls refer to the respective circular as appended below

No Revenue Stamp Required for EPF Withdrawal