The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has given employers with unregistered employees 30 days to have them registered or face a 10% penalty on the outstanding amount.
Patrick Ayota, the Acting NSSF Managing Director, said that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni assented to the NSSF Amendment Act 2022 on the 2nd of January 2022, and it became law.
According to the objectives, the amendments are intended to expand social security coverage and strengthen compliance with the law.
“Today we announce a 30-day window effective March 28, 2023, for all employers, irrespective of the number of workers employed, to register with the NSSF,” he said.
He said that he was pleased to note that since the law was passed, they have seen over 3,200 employers with fewer than five employees register with and contribute to NSSF.
He added that over the next few years, the Fund’s target is to register over 50,000 employers and 1,200,000 new members from the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) spaces in the voluntary and informal sectors.
“We are targeting both employers and entities for this mandatory drive,” he emphasized.
He further added that this is an opportunity for every Ugandan worker, formal or informal, to take advantage of the new legal regime. This drive is a multi-stakeholder initiative. All members have an obligation to make social security a reality for all workers in Uganda.