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Our Company has been paying PF on the full basic salary (without any ceiling of Rs.6,500/Rs.15,000); means, if the basic salary is Rs.25,000/-, PF is paid on this amount.
Is it possible for the company now to opt for the "ceiling" and pay PF only on the ceiling amount of Rs.15,000/- instead of the full basic salary

From India, Mumbai
You are at liberty to make PF contribution as per ceiling but it is a curtailment of benefits extended to the employees so far. May be resentment among employees. Pon
From India, Lucknow
With referance to your thread, Refer the attched Curious Case of Marathwada Gramin Bank Employees’ Union.
The conclusion of teh case is below
Employers always had the right to limit their provident fund contributions to the limits laid down under the EPF Act. Subject to anything to the contrary in the terms of employment, if the employers are making provident fund contributions above the statutory limits, there is no bar on them from reducing the same to the limits under the EPF Scheme. The EPFO now appears to be in agreement with this position.
On a different note, the above discussion would not be relevant in case of PF contributions of international workers. So far as international workers are concerned, their provident fund contributions are calculated on their total monthly pay. In other words, the contribution of the employer is not limited to the amounts payable on a monthly pay of Rs.6500/-.

From India, Visakhapatnam

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Dear all, You cannot reduce the contributions directly or indirectly. P K Sharma
From India, Delhi
Dear Sharma,

Whatever you said is correect, the employers are prohibited from reducing the amount of PF contribution under Section 12 of the EPF Act.

Section 12 of the EPF Act provides as under:

“No employer ... shall, by reason only of his liability for the payment of any contribution to the Fund ... reduce, whether directly or indirectly, the wages of any employees to whom the Scheme or the Insurance Scheme applies or the total quantum of benefits in the nature of old age pension, gratuity provident fund or life insurance to which the employee is entitled under the terms of his employment, express or implied.”

But if you go through the court considerations mentioned in the attachment of my previous reply

Courts rule in favour of the employer:-

On examination of Section 12, the Bombay High Court observed that the employer would be barred from reducing its PF contribution, only if the same were contrary to the terms of employment of the employees. In the present case, the terms of employment of the bank’s employees expressly provided that the provident fund contributions would be in accordance with the EPF Act. In other words, there was no provision in the terms of employment which required the employer to make PF contributions beyond its statutory obligations.

The Supreme Court, on appeal, concurred with the judgement of the Bombay High Court and observed that the employer cannot be compelled to pay PF contributions in excess of its statutory liability just because it started making PF contributions in excess of its statutory liability for some time.

Thanks & Regards,

Pavankumar P

From India, Visakhapatnam
Dear Pavan, I have not seen any such judgement and will definitely go through it. I am in the impression of whatever said in section 12. P K Sharma
From India, Delhi
Dear friends , I have on doubt in PF suppose pvt ltd . How many employer need? PF Contribution
From India, Tiruvalla
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