Foreign worker to be protected under SOCSO starting from 1st of January 2019

Starting from 1stof January 2019, foreign workers are going to be protected under SOCSO, under the decision of the Cabinet.

“Employers who hire foreign workers with valid documents including expatriates must register their employees with SOCSO and contribute to the Employment Injury Scheme under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4).

Benefits under the Employment Injury Scheme include Medical Benefit, Temporary Disablement Benefit, Permanent Disablement Benefit, Constant-Attendance Allowance, Dependants’ Benefit and Rehabilitation, as well as RM6,500 repatriation cost including funeral,” the minister said in a statement.

There was reportedly 2.2 million foreign workers in Malaysia during 2017, mainly hired in the construction and agriculture sectors.

Do make sure to register the both local and foreign workers you hired with PERKESO by the effective date, to avoid yourself to be penalized.

Source: New Straits Times

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