Dear Friends, Can we deny PF to any employees if they are willing to and if they are ready to give written consent to this effect? Regards Subhabrata Dasgupta
From India, Calcutta

HR Practices
Hi, According to Act, if your organisation is covered under PF Act, then everybody who are covered under the scheme should be covered.. Willingness is required only if he cross the maximum Basic salary ceiling of PF covering.. Regards, Amit Seth.
From India, Ahmadabad

Senior Manager (legal & Administration)-cum- Factory Manager
No, you can not, if your organisation covered under PF Act Employee to become member of Fund immediately on joining – Every employee employed in or in connection with work of a factory or establishment to which the Act applies is entitled and required to become member of Provident Fund, unless he is an excluded employee. [para 26(1) of EPF Scheme]. An employee who is drawing ‘pay’ above prescribed limit (presently Rs 6,500) can become member with permission of Assistant PF Commissioner, if he and his employer agree. [para 26(6) of EPF Scheme]. Contribution by employer and employee - As per section 2(c) “contribution” means a contribution payable in respect of a member under a Scheme or the contribution payable in respect of an employee to whom the Insurance Scheme applies. As per section 6, contribution shall be paid by employer @ 10% of basic wages plus dearness allowance plus retaining allowance. This amount is defined as ‘pay’ as per explanation to para 2(f)(ii) of EPF Scheme. Equal contribution is payable by employee also. This contribution can be increased to 12% by Central Government and in fact, has been increased to 12% in most of the cases. A person who is already a member continues to be a ‘member’ even if his ‘pay’ exceeds Rs 6,500. However, the contribution is limited to Rs 6,500 only. [para 26A(2) of EPF Scheme]. RPFC is liable under Consumer Protection Act - The Regional Provident Fund Commissioner is providing service under the Act and hence he is liable under Consumer Protection Act. - RPFC v. Shiv Kumar Joshi (1996) 4 CTJ 805 = 1996 LLR 641 (NCDRC 5 member bench) - confirmed in RPFC v. Shiv Kumar Joshi 1999 AIR SCW 4456 = 1999(7) SCALE 453 = 2000 LLR 217 = AIR 2000 SC 331 = 99 Comp Cas 347 = (2000) CLA-BL Supp 26 = 24 SCL 46 (SC). Employees Provident Fund Scheme - This is the main scheme under the Act. Both employer and employee have to pay contribution to Provident Fund. The employer has to deduct contribution of employee from the salary of employee and has to pay both employees’ contribution as well as employer’s contribution by a challan in prescribed form. The amount has to be paid in approved bank. Employee can pay higher contribution - Employee has to contribute 12/10% of his 'pay' as contribution. The employee can voluntarily pay higher contribution above the statutory rate. However, employer does not have to match the voluntary contribution, over and above the statutory rate. [para 26(2) of EPF Scheme]. Contribution payable under PF Scheme - The Principal Employer is liable to pay contribution of his own employees as well as employees employed through contractor. Principal Employer can recover from contractor the amount paid by him on behalf of contractor. The contribution is 12% of ‘pay’ i.e. basic wages, plus dearness allowance, cash value of food concession and retaining allowance. Contribution of both employer and employee is same i.e. 12% each. [para 29 of EPF Scheme]. Employer has to pay his contribution to EPF. He cannot deduct his contribution from wages of the employee. [Para 31 of EPF Scheme]. However, he has to deduct employee’s share from his salary and pay the same in EPF scheme. This deduction can be only from the wages pertaining to period for which contribution is paid. However, if there is accidental omission, the amount can be recovered later. Amount deducted from salary of employees is held in trust by the employer or contractor. [Para 32 of EPF Scheme]. Out of employer’s contribution of 12/10%, the Employer’s contribution of 8.33% will be diverted to Employees’ Pension Scheme. The balance will be retained in the EPF scheme. Thus, on retirement, the employee will get his full share plus the balance of Employer’s share retained to his credit in EPF account. [This diversion is only w.e.f. 16th November, 95. Earlier Employer’s contribution to their credit will continue to remain to their credit]. Lower contribution in certain cases - The employer's and employee’s contribution is 12% each. This is applicable to many of industries and establishments. However, this contribution is not applicable to - * any establishment employing less than 20 persons * any establishment registered with Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) as a sick company - the lower rate of contribution continues till its net worth is positive * any other establishment which has accumulated loss equal to or more than its assets and has also suffered cash loss in last two years. * Jute industry * Beedi industry * Brick industry * Coir industry other than the spinning sector * Guar gum factories. In these cases, the contribution is 10%. Interest on account – PF Commissioner shall maintain account of each member of EPF scheme. [Para 59 of Scheme]. Interest is credited to the account of employee. The Interest is calculated on monthly running balance basis. Amount standing to credit at end of the month is considered for calculation of interest for the following month. The interest rate is declared every year by Central Government in consultation with Central Board of Trustees of Provident Fund. [Para 60 of EPF Scheme]. Employees’ Pension Scheme - This scheme has been introduced w.e.f. 16th November, 95. The Scheme is applicable to all subscribers of Employers’ Provident Fund. It is also compulsory to persons who were subscribers as on 16.11.95. Contribution - The employer’s contribution of 8.33% will be diverted to the fund of Pension Scheme. Employee does not have to make any contribution. Employer’s contribution is 12%/ 10%. In such cases, 8.33% is diverted to Pension scheme and balance 1.67%/3.67% as the case may be, will be in credit of employee’s name in Provident Fund account. The 8.33% is on maximum salary of Rs. 6,500. If some employers are paying contribution on salary in excess of Rs. 6,500, the excess contribution will be credited to Provident Fund account and not to Pension scheme. No separate administration charges or inspection charges are payable, as these are already paid along with Provident Fund contribution. Regards Arun K Mishra
From India, Bahadurgarh
Guidance Requested Please We shall thank you to please arrange to guide us on the following two issues. 1. Whether the procedure and permission under Para 26 (6) of the PF Scheme is for equal contribution by the employee and the employer beyond the salary limit of 6500 per month or is it only to pay the administrative charges ? 2. Whether an employer can be compelled to continue to make his contribution of the amount which the employer had statutorily agreed as per the procedure and permission under Para 26 (6) of the PF Scheme and had been making in the past ? We look forward to your kind guidance / reply. Thanking You, Yours sincerely,
From India, Ahmadabad
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