They will meet the same fate as the 14 companies that were recently convicted for violating Republic Act 8282 or the Social Security Act of 1997. The employers will pay a combined amount of P20.2 million in fines.
“We would like to inform the public, especially the employers, that we are seriously and aggressively pursuing cases against erring employers to protect our SSS members from such violations that prevent them from enjoying the full SSS benefits due them,” Voltaire Agas, SSS senior vice president and chief legal counsel, said on April 20, Monday.
These cases were sourced from 2012-2014 records with various regional trial courts (RTCs) nationwide for non-remittance of premium contributions.
The penalty for the failure or refusal of an employer to register their employees, or to deduct contributions from the employee’s compensation and remit the same to the SSS, is a fine that ranges from P5,000 to P20,000 ($113 to $452) and imprisonment from 6 years to 12 years under Section 28(e) of the Penal Clause of RA 8282.
The latest conviction was meted out by RTC Branch 66 Presiding Judge Victor Concepcion on December 22 of last year, based on the latest report submitted by lawyer Renato Jacinto Cuisia, head of the SSS legal department.
Convicted were Fred Ventura, operations manager of Guardsman Security Agency and Detection Group in San Fernando City, La Union, for unpaid premiums of its employees from September 2010 to March 2011. – Rappler.com
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