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FNPF: Employers, Pay Now!

All employers are reminded to settle outstanding Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) contributions for their employees before the penalty waiver ends on June 30. Fiji National Provident Fund manager employers
15 Jun 2017 09:42
FNPF: Employers, Pay Now!
FNPF Manager Employers Peni Gonelevu.

All employers are reminded to settle outstanding Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) contributions for their employees before the penalty waiver ends on June 30.

Fiji National Provident Fund manager employers Peni Gonelevu made this statement during a one day workshop for employers at Hotel North Pole in Labasa yesterday.

“From July 1, the penalty of $100 per employee, per month, will come into effect,” Mr Gonelevu said.

“If any employer fails to pay, in full, the contributions for a particular month required by law, the employer is liable to pay $100 for each employee concerned for each or part of a month during which the contributions are unpaid.

Or if the amount due is recovered from an employer under this section for a failure to pay contributions, the employer may not be prosecuted for an offence against section 37 or 38(3) in respect of the failure.”

“If employers comply with FNPF surely there won’t be any problem and everyone in the business chain will be happy,” he said.

“We have received numerous complaints from employees about their employers not making FNPF contributions.

“We want to change employers’ behaviour and improve our customer services.

“This is the last employers’ workshop in Fiji and the reason we have  organised it was to develop better understanding of the importance of adhering to timely submission of contribution schedule and payment.

“Also to inform the employers about the changes in the FNPF decree and regulation.”

Northern Christian Training Centre administrator Sai Qionimua who was among the participants requested for a grace period as she wasn’t aware about the penalty.

Mr Gonelevu while responding said arrangements should be made by June 30.

Meanwhile, FNPF is looking into a suggestion by the public to have its office opened in Nabouwalu, Bua.

“Our employers are spread out and travelling considering geographical location is an issue,’ Mr Gonelevu said.

“There is a suggestion to have an office in Nabouwalu and we are looking at it and other related aspects such as cost effectiveness and number of employers.”

“In the North there are about 900 employers,” he said.

Feedback:  shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj


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