Kasambahay Law Series: Part 3 – Online Registrations and Saturday Office Hours give you 3 less excuses
In a previous post, I showed sample computations and pay slips for your kasambahay. Here is a summary for the other salary brackets, as promised:
|SALARY||SSS||PHIL HEALTH||PAG-IBIG||TOTAL PREMIUMS||TOTAL EXPENSE OF EMPLOYER|
Please be reminded that for salaries of Php5,000 and above, your kasambahay’s share in the respective premium contributions may be deducted from his/her salary. So out of the Php895 total premiums due as reflected in the table above for a salary of Php5,000, the employee’s total share (Php354.20) will be deducted from the salary (see breakdown in previous post). In effect, your total expense for a Php5,000 salary will be Php5,540.80 should you deduct your kasambahay’s share from his/her salary.
These figures may also vary slightly, such as if you opt to register your kasambahay as an Individually Paying Member instead of an employee (read on below).
Now that you know how much to pay, how do you go about it?
First of all, register your kasambahay and the employment contract with your Barangay. I have yet to confirm with our barangay if they have a mechanism for this already, but based on the officials from neighboring barangays who had documents notarized in our office last week, they have yet to set it up.
Several news reports over the past weeks have made mention that a one-stop registration procedure is being eyed for implementation by local government units and homeowner’s associations. That would be a WELCOME convenience! In the meantime, here is how you can go about registering with the individual agencies:
For PhilHealth, you have two options. You may register your Kasambahay as either an:
1. Employee, or
2. Individually paying member
In either case, you may register your kasambahay ONLINE. Just fill up the fields required in the website, attach the documentary requirements as pdf and jpg files (among other formats allowed), click on the “submit” button, wait for email confirmation. Read through the Terms and Conditions for the mechanics. If, however, you or your kasambahay prefer to personally effect registration, you may review the registration procedures and requirements for employees or individually paying members before proceeding to your nearest PhilHealth office.
If you have been previously paying SSS contributions for your household help using your own SSS number (like I have), you may continue to do so until you are assigned an ER number for that purpose. Better be proactive and ask for your ER number already. If your kasambahay has yet to be registered, see/download the guidelines below from SSS:
Good news for those who cannot devote a weekday for registration. You have two more saturdays this June to work on this, so delay no more!
You may access the HDMF Online Registration system here. You just need to create an email address for your kasambahay and input their cellphone number as well (this is where they will receive confirmation of their registration and their Registration Tracking Number which they will need to verify their permanent Pag-IBIG ID Number).
If you are hiring from an agency, I suggest you request to have them register the propspective helpers (if they’re not yet initially covered) so it will be easier for you to either just update their membership status (as your employee) or continue paying for them as individually paying or voluntary members of the 3 institutions (although I have to verify with SSS because in my case, the Tagaytay branch required mine to be registered as my employee – this was prior to the effectivity of the Kasambahay Law).
On the next article in the series, let us discuss payment of contributions and reportorial requirements for the same. To get a copy of the Q&A Primer on the Batas Kasambahay, click here.