TRANSFER OF FOREIGN WORKERS’ COVERAGE FROM THE FOREIGN WORKERS COMPENSATION SCHEME (FWCS) TO SOCSO EMPLOYMENT INJURY SHEME

 1.         BACKGROUND  

From April 1993, accident compensation for foreign workers came under the Workmen's Compensation Act 1952 (Act 273) which was enforced by the Department of Labour. 

 With effect from 1 January 2019, SOCSO will take over the compensation for foreign workers according to the provision under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4) covering the Employment Injury Scheme only.

 

 2.           EFFECTIVE DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION 

All foreign workers with valid insurance coverage under the Foreign Workers Compensation Scheme (FWCS), the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM), Sabah and Sarawak will continue to be covered under the FWCS until the expiry date in 2019.

 

·         The coverage of SOCSO’s Employment Injury Scheme will only take effect after the expiry of FWCS coverage.  

·         If the maturity date of FWCS extends beyond 2019, the Employment Injury Scheme will automatically apply to all employers who employ foreign workers starting from 1 January 2020.   

·         For new foreign workers working in Malaysia beginning on the 1 January 2019, employers must directly register them with SOCSO under the Employment Injury Scheme.  

 3.          APPLICATION

The registration procedures, submission of contribution records, payment of contribution and processing of benefit claims for foreign workers and their dependents are similar to the existing process for Malaysian citizens and permanent resident workers under Act 4. However, the following steps should be taken as follows:

 a) Foreign Workers Registration  

i.          Employers must register their foreign workers via ASSIST portal or complete the Foreign Worker Registration Form to the nearest SOCSO office.

ii.         Foreign workers are eligible to be registered with SOCSO if they possess valid working permits or equivalent documents issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.  

iii.       Employers must submit supporting documents such as a photocopy of the front page of the passport containing employee details, valid working permit or entry permit or equivalent documents for SOCSO’s use.  

iv.       All foreign workers must register to obtain the Foreign Worker Social Security No. (12-digit KSPA No.), which is compulsory for the submission of employee contribution record.  

v.         The 12-digit KSPA NO. must be referred to when dealing with SOCSO on all matters related to foreign workers despite any subsequent changes to the worker’s passport details, valid working permit or equivalent document in the future.

 b) Submission of Foreign Worker Contribution  

i.          Employers must make contribution payment based on the Second Category for the Employment Injury Scheme under Act 4, which is for the employer’s share only.  

ii.         All foreign worker contribution payments must be made online through the ASSIST Portal or internet banking by using KSPA No.

 c) Claims

 

i.          All foreign workers benefit claims must submit a complete Foreign Worker Claim Notification Form, together with supporting documents, and not using the existing Form 34.

 

ii.         Foreign workers are not eligible to claim for education loan benefit, vocational rehabilitation, dialysis treatment that is not under the Employment Injury Scheme, and Return to Work programme.

 

iii.       Foreign workers who die in Malaysia due to employment injury and are buried in their country of origin, are eligible for RM6,500 in Funeral Benefit.

 

iv.       Other than the situation above, Funeral Benefit under the Employment Injury Scheme will be RM2,000 and is paid to eligible dependents. If there are no dependents, the amount of Funeral Benefit will be based on the amount stated in the funeral receipt, or whichever is lower.

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