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Insurers Persons Celebrate as Cabinet Approves Reduced Contributions for Section 39 and Increased Benefits for Section 33

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                The Labour Minister revealed the Cabinet’s resolution to approve the review on social security measures by reducing the contribution rate for the insured persons who remit the contributions themselves with no employer, under Section 39, to 86 Baht per month. The rate will be increased, and the period adjusted for unemployed insured persons under Section 39 due to force majeure, to receive benefits at the rate of no less than 5,000 Baht per month for three months.

                Labour Minister M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul revealed that the Cabinet meeting today (March 31, 2020) agreed to the proposal by the Ministry of Labour to review the resolution regarding social security. The details included relief on the burden of insured persons in submitting contributions. Thus, the request was for a review to reduce the contribution rate collected for insured persons who contributed by themselves without employers under Section 39, from the initial rate of 432 Baht. From the Cabinet’s resolution on March 24, 2020, the contributions were reduced to 221 Baht. Today (March 31, 2020), the rate has been reduced to 86 Baht per month. For insured persons who have already contributed 432 Baht, the Social Security Office will return it later.

                M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul added that the Cabinet meeting also agreed to increase the rate and adjust the period of receiving benefits in the case of unemployment of insured persons under Section 33. The benefit increased from 50 percent of the wages sent to social security, to 62 percent of wages, for 90 days, for insured persons under Section 33 who are unemployed due to force majeure, whereby some will receive compensation at the rate of less than 5,000 Baht per month. The measures ensure that such cases receive benefits at the rate of not less than 5,000 Baht per month for three months, with effect from March 1, 2020.

                In this regard, insured persons can inquire for more information at the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline, press 1 for the Social Security Office, available 24 hours a day.