Confirmed that inspection staff have the right to view payroll and contribution payment records

GPSSA: Inspection campaigns aim to correct practices, not release violations

Companies headquartered in any of the emirates are subject to the provisions of the Federal Pension Law. Archival

The General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) said that the aim of inspection visits is not to release violations, but rather to correct the wrong practices that some employers may fall into at the level of registration and payment of contributions due from the insured, and to ensure that all applicable legal rules are followed in this regard.

She stressed her belief in the importance of partnership and enhancing communication with employers, noting that this is the best guarantee in order for the insurance system to achieve its goals, foremost of which is protecting the rights of insured citizens and their families in the future, pointing out that registration in insurance is the first step to obtaining insurance benefits.

The Authority explained that editing violations and referring them to the judiciary may be the last solution in the event that employers do not cooperate to solve the problems related to the registration and subscription processes for the insured, or those related to wrong practices that may be committed by employers, consciously or unconsciously, without a real desire by the employer to address them, and therefore the Authority seeks, through the "Your Commitment Protects You" campaign, to emphasize the objectives of inspection campaigns that mainly aim to correct them. Practices do not edit irregularities.

She indicated that the judicial seizure grants inspection employees the right to enter the employer's premises without prior notification from the Authority, in order to determine the nature of the real procedures in force in the workplaces towards national employees who are supposed to be covered by the provisions of the Pensions and Social Security Law.

Inspection officers had the right to access files and records related to the implementation of the provisions of the Pension Act, and to documents proving the registration of employees covered by the provisions of the Act, as well as the right to examine payrolls and records of payment of monthly contributions to ensure that contributions were paid on real wages, and to verify that the employer registered his employees within the legal period. The Authority pointed out the need to register the insured within one month from the date of joining the work, and to provide the Authority with the end-of-service file of the insured within a month from the date of termination of service, explaining that contributions are payable for the insured for the part of the month in which he joined the employer, while they are not due for the part of the month in which his service ended.

The conditions for the insured's participation in insurance include that he must have the nationality of the UAE, which is evidenced by the family book, and the age of the insured at the time of participation is not less than 18 years and not more than 60, and that he must be medically fit to work at the time of appointment. The Authority said that all citizens working in federal employers and citizens working in the local government sector, with the exception of the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and all citizens working in the private sector, except for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, fall within the framework of coverage of the provisions of the federal law that the Authority applies.

She pointed out that companies headquartered in any of the emirates are subject to the provisions of the Federal Pension Law, including their branches in other emirates, while entities based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are subject to the Abu Dhabi Pension Law, including their branches in other emirates.