I have been working for 16 yrs in my current company. I was asked to resign in the October month and I am currently serving my notice period. The seniors in the team are not cooperative and I am working under tremendous pressure.
if I abscond my notice period will i still able to withdraw my EPF after showing 2 months of unemployment.
Also in case of absconding , if the employer is not ready to sign the EPF withdrawal form then what is the procedure to withdrawal
Please guide me on this matter as I am really going through hell right now

From India, Mumbai

You will be able to withdraw PF after being terminated from service and two months thereafter. Even if you abscond from service you are eligible to get PF. If the employer does not sign the PF withdrawal form, you can make complaint to the EPFO attaching your termination order and EPFO will help to get your PF dues.
From India, Mumbai
Dear friend,

Though your query is on withdrawal of PF on absconding, my reply is not on that.

You have served for 16 years in your company. This is sufficiently a long period. On submission of the resignation, you are at the fag end of your tenure. Therefore, bear with the harassment, show nerve and stay put. Possibly your seniors could insult you but take these in your stride. I am suggesting all this because possibly harassment is a trap laid by your seniors. If you abscond, possibly you could land in the trap.

Even if abscond, you are eligible to get your gratuity. But if your seniors are harassing you ignoring your long service, then they will create trouble for you for gratuity disbursement as well.

In your harassment is top management or MD is also involved? Is he shooting by keeping a gun on the staff's shoulders? If not, then ask for his interview and explain to him that as such you are serving a notice period and you wish to have a smooth exit from the company.

Generally, this kind of treatment is not meted out an employee who has served 16 years. However, sometimes we have to pass through a bad patch of life. This is not just for you but each one of us. Therefore, show determination, fight adversity and leave the organisation without any blame. After all, it is important to get an unblemished relieving letter also. Many, many and many professionals work in spite of hardship because of this letter and not because of their loyalty to the organisation.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dinesh Sir,
To a certain point I agree to what you are saying that absconding a job is not a wise decision. However as stated earlier my seniors are not at all cooperative. I am currently in a very stressful situation where i feel that absconding is a better option . I am not able to sleep during nights and getting up stressful and scared in the morning. This is badly started affecting my health to a great extent. I am feeling stressed and depressed. In this scenario what is the best option.
Also I have a question that is employer sign mandatory for withdrawal process. If any gazate officer signs the form will it work.

From India, Mumbai

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