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Would appreciate any help on this matter. Thanks, Neha
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Dear Neha,
Greetings for the day,
It's true that before engaging any external agencies followings regulations should be complied that agencies must be covered under contract labour act EPF & ESIC act. Secondly the enforcement officer of epfo is correctly explained the proof of payment must be shown during compliance. If your contactor is unable to provide the same you must recover the same amount from the bill raised from the contractor. But mind it in this type of issues or dispute principle employer is liable for payment.
Thanks & Regards,
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Sumit Kumar Saxena
Dear Colleague,
It is not principle employer's liability to present PF and ESIC Challan for contract employees.
You can say clearly to ESIC/PF officials that you are paying lump sum amount to contractor and he gives salary to his work force those are delivering job at your work place.
Simultaneously, you are only handling attendance register provided by contractor to check the daily presence of his work-force.
Rgds

The act very clearly saws that the principal employer is responsible for payment of wages and all statutory dues for the contract workers. So, you can not escape your liability by saying the contractor did not pay it, or,that he lied to you.

Since it is your liability to ensure payment, you need to have proof that the payment was made and that it was of the correct amount. The PF inspector is very much in his rights to demand the same. He probably has already got information from his system that it has not been paid.

The first liability is on you, so the PF department (not the inspector) can raise a notice asking for the same along with penalty or interest, you need to oaying and are allowed by law to recover that same from the contractor.

Going forward, you need to check the payments made by contractors. Don't rely solely on challans, ask the contractor to log into the portal and download the ECR and reports, and verify that all contract workers working for you are covered in it.


I do agree with Saswata..... its solely principle employees responsibility. We can’t escape from that.
The object behind EPF Act and ESI Act is that every worker whether permanent or temporary or contractual is accorded the benefit of the above two labour welfare legislations. Therefore, labour inspector is very well authorised to ask compliance of all workers working on your premises whether they are your on roll employees or they are provided by your contractor. So while making payment to your contractor you have every right to ask for EPF and ESI Challans as proof of payment of EPF and ESI for contractual workers working on your premises.
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