Socso to cover employees who work for their spouses' companies


 Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran speaking to the media in Putrajaya. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran speaking to the media in Putrajaya. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will extend coverage to spouses who work for their entrepreneur partners, with effect from July 1, 2018.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said he will remove regulations that disqualify business owners’ spouses so they can be covered under Socso schemes.

“Currently, they are not qualified because they are not considered as employees under the Social Security Act 1969 and the Employment Insurance Scheme 2017.

“A committee has been set up to look into this, and once I get the recommendations, I will sign an order to allow the protection for spouses working for business owners,” he told a press conference here on Thursday.

A total of 34,000 spouses actively working in their partners’ companies are not covered under Socso, although they contribute to EPF and are subject to income tax.

Kulasegaran also said a Cabinet paper will be tabled to expand coverage for housewives, single mothers and widows of those insured under Socso.

“An estimated 1.4 million housewives, single mothers and widows will benefit once this proposal is passed,” he said.