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You could be fined Ghs2,000 or imprisoned for five years for failing to make contributions for house help – SSNIT

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Feb 7, 2022 ,

According to SSNIT’s Legal Services Manager, Emmanuel Sackey, those who refuse to pay SSNIT contributions for their employees face a fine of GH2,000 or a five-year jail sentence under Section 64 of the Pensions Act.

This, he continued, is true for all companies, even those who hire housekeepers. “It’s not optional; it’s mandatory,” he explained.

Acting Public Affairs Manager of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Charles Akwei Garshong, who was also on the show, stated on JoyNews’ The Law on Sunday, February 6, 2022, that such employers frequently argue that the house help has not been placed on any regular income, so they will not pay the SSNIT contributions.

He pointed out that this is insufficient reason for denying anyone’s SSNIT contributions.

“You are required to register and pay the person you have hired as a housekeeper. You’ve hired that person for a job and are paying him or her directly or indirectly, so come to our office and let’s sit down and figure out how the money will be made,” he explained.

“For the time being, you’ll probably say no one will come to your house and check, but if we find out, we’ll serve you with court summons,” he said.

They both stated that pursuing legal action against delinquent employers is not something SSNIT enjoys. As a result, all companies should follow the laws and pay their employees the proper SSNIT contributions.

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