According to the EPF new rules, this limit is now going to be halved. This means that any Firm which has a minimum of 10 employees has to be registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act.
Currently, the firms that come under the Act are those which has 20 or more employees.
This proposal to reduce the coverage threshold was approved by the central board of trustees at the 183rd CBT meeting, which was held in July of 2008. But so far it has not been implemented. The labour ministry is now looking into the approval of this proposal.
Explaining further, an official has stated that the labour ministry has decided to go for it since the amendment of labour laws do not need approval from the Parliament. This amendment could be brought into effect from April or May.
Since the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is already applicable to establishments which have 10 or more employees, the EPF new rules will help in unifying the social security efforts by the Government.