Increase in Employer’s Contribution under EPS

The Ministry of Labour and Employment in India has issued a notification on May 3, 2023, to bring into force the relevant provisions of the Code on Social Security, 2020, in compliance with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had suspended the operation of the requirement for members to contribute an additional 1.16% of their salary exceeding Rs. 15,000 per month under the provisions of sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 11 of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995, and directed the authorities to make adjustments in the scheme.

The Central Government has now decided to increase the employer’s contribution to the scheme by 1.16% from the existing 8.33% for members who have exercised the joint option for contributing to the scheme and are found eligible.

The increased contribution will be applicable to the basic wages, dearness allowance, and retaining allowance of members to the extent such salary exceeds Rs. 15,000 per month. This notification is deemed to have come into force on September 1, 2014.

Changes in Contribution Rates under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 3rd May, 2023

S.O. 2061(E).- hereas the Hon’ble Supreme Court had vide its Judgment, dated the 4 th November, 2022, in Civil Appeal No. 8143-8144 of 2022 [SLP(C) Nos. 8658-8659 of 2019] in the matter of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and others versus Sunil Kumar B. and others, along with other tagged matters, held the requirement of the members to contribute at the rate of 1.16 per cent. of their salary to the extent such salary exceeds fifteen thousand rupees per month as an additional contribution under the provisions of sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 11 of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 to be ultra vires the provisions of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (19 of 1952);

And whereas, the Hon’ble Supreme Court suspended the operation of the aforementioned part of the said Judgment for a period of six months and directed the authorities to make adjustments in the said Scheme;

And whereas, accordingly, to comply with the said directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and since the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (19 of 1952) has been subsumed in the Code on Social Security, 2020 (36 of 2020), the Central Government has decided to bring into force the relevant provisions of the said Code;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (i) of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 16 of the Code on Social Security, 2020 (36 of 2020), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely:-

(i) in respect of members who have exercised joint option for contributing under the provisions of paragraph 11 of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 and who are found eligible, the employer’s contribution shall be nine and forty-ninth per cent. (9.49%) of the basic wages, dearness allowance and retaining allowance of each member by increasing one and sixteenth per cent. (1.16%) from the extant eight and one-third per cent. (8.33%); and

(ii) the increased contribution shall be applicable to basic wages, dearness allowance and retaining allowance to the extent such basic wages, dearness allowance and retaining allowance exceed fifteen thousand rupees per month.

  1. This notification shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of September, 2014.

[F. No. R-15011/02/2023-SS-II]
VIBHA BHALLA, Jt. Secy

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