Dear Members, Can you please tell me the minimum membership period for the withdrawal of the Provident Fund and Pension Fund....? I am working in a Private Company as HR Executive and recently one guy was terminated by the management for a silly reason. He had only 4 months of membership in EPF and EPS. Our Accounts Manager told me that the minimum membership is 5 months to claim the PF. Is it correct or can you please help me to get a solution....?
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Dear Jibin,
Employer has no right to stop the EPF contribution amount paid by the employee, the EPS amounts are not eligible for the employees who are working min 6 months. If you need more clarification pl contact

From India, Hyderabad

The minimum period that is specified is only for EPS (pension scheme)
For the PF part, it is applicable even if the person worked for a single day.
Where the money is deducted and deposited, there is definitely no ground for denying the payment to the employee. There are many discussions in the site about how to get your PF money. If your company is not depositing PF for 5 months, then that practice must be stopped and corrected immediately. In case of a complain, you will have a major problem on hand.

From India, Mumbai

Shortly speaking, once you deducted and deposited PF (even for 1 month), member can go for claim process. However, for getting pension fund, member has to complete for minimum 6 months. Otherwise, when you go for claim process, member can only get PF (employee + employer) amount.
From India, Mumbai

Dear Jibin, This is for your information if an employees worked with your company for only one month. The Employee can claim his/her one month EPF and EPS. ..................
From India, New Delhi

Dear Jibin,
If an employee hasn't completed his 6 months , then he is eligible to get only his share of PF, if he completes 6 months then he is eligible for share of employer also.
In your case, employee is eligible to get his share only.

From India, Delhi

Hi All, Can you please brief me the difference between EPF and EPS and its percentage for private and public and government organisations. Thanks in advance. Regards, V. Divya
From India, Chennai

Hi divya,

EPF means Employee Provident Fund and EPS means Employee Pension Scheme

Its normally 12 % of basic + DA (if DA is not applicable, then only basic) each. but the allocation is as under:

1. Employee 12 % share will directly goes to EPF account.

2. Employer share, out of 12%, 8.33% goes to EPS subject to the maximum amount of 541. If 8.33 % is more than 541, only Rs. 541/- will goes to EPS

3. Employer remaining share 3.67 % goes to EPF account. Considering point no. 2, if 541 goes to EPS, then the remaining amount will go to EPF.

Please find the sample calculation.

Employee Basic : Rs. 10,000/- and 12 % of basic will be Rs. 1200/-

1. Employee's share Rs. 1200/- will directly goes to EPF account

2. Employer share 8.33% of basic - Rs. 833/-, but as said above maximum Rs. 541/- will goes to EPS (not 833/-)

3. Employer share remaining amount Rs. 659/- (1200 - 541) will goes to EPF account.

Summary: total amount of Rs. 1859/- will goes to EPF account and Rs. 541/- will goes to EPS account.

From India, Mumbai

Dear Jibin, Mr. Upasanna has replied rightly to you question. N.Vasudevan
From India, Madras

Dear Jibin
Mr Upasana is correct.
But i am adding some thing to the above
if an employee doesn't complete his 6 months service he will get only 12% of his share and 3.67% of employer share(i,e. PF amount). he has to apply only Form 19.
other wise he will get the both shares.and he has to apply in Form 19 and 10C

From India, Hyderabad

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