ESI Contribution date extended by 45 days due to Corona Virus pandemic

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation vide a notice dated 16th March 2020 has relaxed the due date for filing ESI contribution for the month of February 2020 till 15th April 2020 and March 2020 till 15th May 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the pandemic in form of Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Director General has relaxed the provision of Proviso to Regulation 31 which says that employer is liable to pay the ESI contributions within 15 days of the last day of the Calendar month in which the contributions fall due. For example- for the month of February 2020, the contribution to be paid by 15th March 2020. But with this Notice, the provision of 15 days is extended to 45 days for the month of February and March 2020.

Thus, the contribution for the month of –

  1. February 2020 which was supposed to deposited by 15th Mar 2020; can now be deposited by 15th Apr 2020.
  2. March 2020 which was supposed to deposited by 15th April 2020; can now be deposited by 15th May 2020.

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