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Kasambahay Law Series: Part 3 – Online Registrations and Saturday Office Hours give you 3 less excuses

Posted by Atty. K on June 18, 2013 in LEGAL CORNER |

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
2,000 218 150 80 448 2,448
2,500 270 150 100 520 3,020
3,000 312 175 120 607 3,607
3,500 364 175 140 679 4,179
4,000 426 175 160 761 4,761
4,500 478 175 180 833 5,333
5,000 520 175 200 895 5,895*

 

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?

 

REGISTRATION

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:

 

PHILHEALTH

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.

 

SSS

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!

Working during weekdays? You can register on all  saturdays of June 2013!

Working during weekdays? You can register on all saturdays of June 2013!

 

PAG-IBIG

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).

 

HDMF onlinemembershipregistration

 

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.

3 Comments

  • […] For more information on your other duties, as well as your rights as employer under the Batas Kasambahay, get a copy of the Q&A here. For registration procedures, check my post here. […]

  • Kristine Borja says:

    Hey Atty. K, this Kasambahay series is great! Thanks for the information, links and templates provided in your posts. May I ask a questionplease :
    Early this year before the kasambahay law was passed, I called Philhealth hotline the rep said that I have 2 options for my maids. 1st option : register as employee or 2nd option : register as voluntary members. She said that since there’s just 2 maids under my care, I can just opt to have them join as voluntary members but I will, of course, have to shoulder their contributions. Is this still applicable?

    • Atty. K says:

      Yes, Kristine. It’s still applicable. We have also previously registered our helpers as individually paying members of PhilHealth and continue to do so. It seems that it’s only the SSS that requires us to have a separate employer number now for those previously registered under us (using our own SSS number).

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