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Employers on notice for $7m arrears in contributions

June 6, 2018 7:27 pm

$7.2 million is still owed to the Fiji National Provident Fund in terms of employee contributions.

FNPF Manager Compliance Peni Gonelevu confirms most of these cases came to light after members raised concern regarding their contributions.

Out of this amount, over 3 million dollars’ worth of cases are before the court involving more than ten employers.

Fifty million dollars’ worth of employee deductions are collected by the Fiji National Provident Fund on a monthly basis.

Gonelevu says the fines are quiet hefty for employers who do not comply at $100 per employee per month ,but some employers still do not follow the instructions.

“Seven point two, there’s another 180 complaints and that is moving balance we receiving plus we closing off cases and that’s a net .These complaints once it’s fully paid then its be closed off from the system .For complaints the employers to pay for the whole 18%, cause they fail in their responsibility as an employer to deduct the 8% when they pay out wages.”

Compliance Team Leader Mesake Sagone shared some of the obstacles his team faced when carrying out an investigation.

“There is no evidence of employment especially by the complainant, no wages record available when we visit the premises, another challengers is the employer does not allow us to the vicinity.”

The Fund urges members not only to check the deductions on their pay slip but also to check that deductions are paid to their FNPF account.