The Social Security System (SSS) is calling on household employers and domestic workers to take advantage of the agency’s special branch schedule for SSS registration on June 29. Those who will not be able to register by this Saturday will have to do so during regular branch hours. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said the special Saturday schedule is a privilege extended specially for household employers and their kasambahay to help facilitate their SSS registration as part of the implementation of Republic Act No. 10361, or better known as the “Kasambahay Law.”

“Since the start of our special SSS registration schedule last June 8, SSS branches all over the country have already processed thousands of applications for SSS membership from household employers and kasambahay during the past three Saturdays,” de Quiros said.

The SSS is among the state-run agencies leading the implementation of the Kasambahay Law, which mandates social security protection of domestic workers such as maids, nursemaids or “yaya,” gardeners, cooks and laundry women. Under the said law, domestic workers must also be registered and paid contributions to PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG.

These domestic workers, including family drivers, have been under compulsory SSS coverage since September 1, 1993 as provided for under the Social Security Law. As active SSS members, domestic workers gain access to benefits for sickness, maternity, disability, retirement and death, as well as to various SSS loan privileges.

De Quiros said that even if they lack the required supporting documents at the time of registration, domestic workers can already get a Social Security or ‘SS’ Number, which will be used by their employer in paying their monthly contributions, by filing an accomplished SSS Form E-1.

“Upon submission of the required documents such as the birth or baptismal certificate, the domestic worker will then gain permanent SSS membership status to become eligible for SSS benefits and loans in the future,” he said. “As for employers, they only need to submit an SSS Form R-1 to get a Household Employer ID Number. They must also complete and submit SSS Form R-1A to register their kasambahay not later than 30 days after start of their employment.”

SSS branch services on June 29 include issuance of SS Number for domestic workers and Employer ID Numbers to household employers; receipt of employment report and collection list of household employers; data capture of qualified applicants for the Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) card; and receipt of payment for branches with tellering facilities.

“We advise employers and their kasambahay to also secure a copy of our ‘Guide to SSS Registration and Payment for Household Employer and Domestic Worker, Including Family Driver’ from the nearest SSS branch, or download it from our website. It is a handy reference for their kasambahay-related SSS queries,” de Quiros said.

For additional information, household employers and domestic workers can contact the SSS Call Center at 920-6446 to 55 from 7:00 am on Mondays all the way to 7:00 am on Saturdays or send an email to member_relations@sss.gov.ph.