Noida: For the benefit international workers, new instructions have been issued by EPFO to all field functionaries regarding the Certificate of Coverage (COC). Employers have been advised to submit the application form for COC one month in advance and Certificates of Coverage should be issued prior to departure of the employee from India. Also, the COC period should not exceed 60 months or the specified period in the SSA with that country without derogation from the competent authority.
The Certificate of Coverage should not be issued for a period which commences much later than the date of posting of the Indian worker in the host country for employment. There should not be any overlapping of the period of coverage. There should not be gaps when more than one COC is issued to the same posted worker as this results in lack of social security coverage during the gaps, a press release by the Ministry of Labour and Employment said today.
Highlighting the FPFO’s significant activities in May 2017, it also noted that new software has been launched on 27.05.2017 to further streamline the monitoring and supervision of the performance of exempted Trusts under the EPF & MP Act, 1952, wherein performance of all exempted establishments / trusts is proposed to be monitored on regular basis and ranks assigned for periodical publishing on the EPFO website. Exempted establishments have been cautioned that non filing of returns for 3 consecutive months shall result in cancellation of exemption granted to the establishment. .
EPFO e-court Management System was launched on 16th May 2017, the objective of which is a transparent and electronic case management system. All paper/ evidence/ documents can be filed online and the status can also be viewed online.
EPFO has also decided to make Aadhar mandatory. All field offices are directed to ensure that Aadhaar number is furnished by the employer in respect of all new members who join the EPS, 1995 with effect from 1st July, 2017 except North East States where it would be applicable w.e.f. 01-10-2017. Further, the claim settlement period has been reduced to 10 days from 20 days and grievance redressal period is reduced to 15 days from 20 days.