The Social Security System (SSS) has started issuing Employer (ER) Numbers to household employers, as part of the SSS registration requirements under the newly-signed Kasambahay Law that ensures the social security protection of househelpers such as maids, family drivers, nursemaids or yaya, gardeners, cooks, or laundry women.
SSS Officer-in-Charge Edgar B. Solilapsi said that any person who engages the services of a househelper and actually pays the compensation for such services is considered the Household Employer.
"Whether the husband or the wife, or any person in the family or household who shoulders the househelper’s salary, they must also register with the SSS so that they can be issued their own ER Number, which they will use whenever they pay for the SSS contributions of their househelp," Solilapsi explained. "This ER Number will be different from the individual social security (SS) number that currently-paying household employers use, as we want to make a clear differentiation between contributions for their own social security and those for their househelpers."
Under previous SSS guidelines, household employers use their own SS numbers when paying contributions for their househelpers. A new SSS guideline now mandates that all household employers shall be assigned their own ER numbers.
"For new Household Employers, or for those who stopped being a Household Employer but have now resumed as such, they must complete the SSS Form R-1 or Employer Registration Form and submit this to the nearest branch so that their new ER number can be issued to them. They must also submit the SSS Form R-1A or Employment Report so that their househelpers can be reported to us," Solilapsi noted.