UAE Pension Authority: Emirati Registration Deadline 30 Days After Joining

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) stipulates that employers falling under the purview of Federal Law No. 57 of 2023 on pension and social security must enroll their Emirati staff within a 30-day window from the commencement of their employment.

It is imperative for entities to furnish the GPSSA with the details of insured Emiratis whose employment terms are nearing completion within a 15-day timeframe. Breaching this regulation will incur an extra fee of Dh200 for each day of delay, multiplied by the count of insured employees within the organization.

According to GPSSA, employers bear the responsibility of contribution payments. Hence, they must promptly provide statements, data, or documents encompassing the salary particulars of the insured to GPSSA within ten days to facilitate the calculation of predetermined contributions in line with federal law provisions. Any delay in this regard attracts an additional charge of Dh100 for each day of default, multiplied by the number of insured individuals.

As outlined in Federal Law No. 57 of 2023, contributions commence from the date of an employee's incorporation into the entity, irrespective of whether it occurs mid-month or if the employee departs before month-end.

Contribution remittances are due at the outset of every month, with a grace period capped at 15 days. These payments are non-refundable. In cases of tardy remittances, employers must pay an extra 0.1% of the contributions owed for each day of delay, sans prior intimation. However, this supplementary sum must not exceed the value of the outstanding contribution.

Contributions are pegged to actual salaries, signifying that payments are predicated on the contribution account salary of the insured individual. Notably, private sector employees' contributions are based on their January contribution account salary each year. For those joining post-January, contributions are computed from their joining month's salary until the ensuing January.

Conversely, government sector employees' contributions are gauged by their actual contribution account salary for each month.

Non-payment of contributions based on actual salaries subjects employers to an additional charge of 10% of the contribution value, sans prior notification. GPSSA's Board of Directors determines exemptions from this surcharge and whether it is total or partial.

The registration prerequisites also extend to individuals acquiring Emirati citizenship while employed by entities bound by this legislative decree, commencing from the citizenship acquisition date. However, they reserve the right to amalgamate previous years of service to enhance pension and/or end-of-service benefits, as stipulated in Article 8 of the federal pension law.

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