The Social Security System has started issuing Employer Numbers to household employers as part of the SSS registration requirements under the newly-signed Kasambahay Law, a press release from the agency said.
The law ensures the social security protection of househelpers such as maids, family drivers, nursemaids or yaya, gardeners, cooks, or laundry women, the press release said.
SSS Officer-in-Charge Edgar Solilapsi said that any person who engages the services of a househelper and actually pays the compensation for such services is considered the Household Employer.
"Whether the husband or the wife, or any person in the family or household who shoulders the househelper’s salary, they must also register with the SSS so that they can be issued their own ER Number, which they will use whenever they pay for the SSS contributions of their househelp," Solilapsi explained.
This ER Number will be different from the individual social security number that currently-paying household employers use, as we want to make a clear differentiation between contributions for their own social security and those for their househelpers, Solilapsi said.
Under previous SSS guidelines, household employers use their own SS numbers when paying contributions for their househelpers.
A new SSS guideline now mandates that all household employers shall be assigned their own ER numbers, the press release said.
For currently-paying household employers who are paying contributions for their househelpers using their own SS numbers, they may continue doing so until the SSS issues them their own ER number upon submission of their latest Contribution Collection list (SSS Form R-3).
The ER number may also be sent through email if the employer is enrolled in the SSS website or through the mail if enrolled in the Auto-Debit Arrangement Program with participating banks, the press release said.*