TAP, SCP violations detected during surprise checks

|     Azlan Othman     |

SIX local employees were found to have not been registered to the Employees Trust Fund (TAP) and Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) schemes during surprise visits by officials to 37 business premises at Mukim Sengkurong yesterday.

TAP through its Enforcement Unit made the surprise visits as part of measures to ensure employers have fulfilled their responsibility of registering their local employees to TAP and SCP and contribute to the schemes.

Employers who failed to produce the documents during the impromptu visits were instructed to be present at the TAP office for further action.

Complaints on TAP or SCP violations can be lodged by visiting any TAP branch, or by calling into the TAP Call Centre at 2382800 during office hours or via WhatsApp at 8998290.

Alternatively, e-Amanah users may lodge complaints by logging into their accounts via TAP’s website at www.tap.com.bn.

Meanwhile, TAP reminded employers of their responsibility to register their eligible employees for the TAP and SCP schemes and ensure that they contribute their share for their employees towards the retirement funds.

It is mandatory for employees who are citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam to be registered and contributing to 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), if found guilty, an employer will be fined not more than BND3,000 for the first offence and not more than BND10,000 for second and subsequent offences.

Employees Trust Fund enforcement officers during an inspection at a food outlet in Sengkurong. – AZLAN OTHMAN