HA NOI (VNS)— Enterprises that delay paying social insurance will be subject to a fine three times higher than the current level if the amended draft Social Insurance Law goes into effect.
The current fine was low enough that many enterprises delayed payment to use the money for business activities, preventing workers from enjoying the social insurance benefits they deserved.
The remark was made by Tran Thi Thuy Nga, head of the Social Insurance Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, at a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday.
The draft legislation will specify which workers receive social insurance and what benefits they should get. It also sets out rules on maternal leave and new benefits for those suffering from prolonged illness.
Legal experts agreed that the legal awareness of both employers and employees and the public had improved since the original law was implemented six years ago.
However, they said, problems remained – such as inconvenient administrative procedures, delayed payments and the State's failure to keep track of all workers who should receive social insurance.
The experts at the workshop, co-organised by the ministry and the World Bank, proposed that the amended Social Insurance Law specify the responsibilities of State management agencies in the field of social insurance, strengthen the punishment for violations and simplify administrative procedures.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will continue to collect experts' opinions on the draft law in HCM City this week so as to complete a timely draft to submit to the Government.
It is expected that the law will be submitted to the National Assembly towards the end of the year. — VNS