Operation uncovers eight cases of TAP, SCP violations

|   Fadley Faisal    |

INSPECTORS from the Enforcement Unit of Employees Trust Fund (TAP) made surprise visits to business premises in the capital recently as part of efforts to nab employers who fail to fulfil their obligations of registering and contributing for their employees under the TAP and SCP retirement schemes.

Of the 34 businesses visited, TAP officers found three employers and five local employees to have not registered for the TAP and Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) schemes.

Employers who failed to produce the documents during the visits have been instructed to present themselves at the TAP office for further action.

TAP reminded employers on their responsibilities to register and contribute for their employees who are eligible for the TAP and SCP schemes.

It is mandatory for employees who are citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam to be registered under the TAP and SCP schemes.

This includes part-time workers, contract workers, daily paid workers, and workers on probation.

Under Section 26 of the Employee Trust Act (Chapter 167), employers found guilty of violating this responsibility will be fined an amount not exceeding BND3,000 for the first offence, and not more than BND10,000 for the second and subsequent offences.

Complaints on TAP and SCP violations can be lodged by visiting any TAP outlet or by calling the TAP Call Centre at 2382800 during working hours, or by contacting the body via WhatsApp at 8998290.

e-Amanah users can lodge complaints by logging onto their accounts via the TAP website at www.tap.com.bn.