The Social Security Act provides that every employee between the ages of 16 and the Pensionable Age, who commences employment in Montserrat, must be registered with the Montserrat Social Security Fund (MSSF) within four (4) days of the commencement of employment.
It is an offense under the Social Security Act to engage in employment if one is not registered. This will result, on summary conviction, in a fine.
If an employee is not yet registered:
His employer has a legal obligation to give him time off to get registered. The employee should therefore ask for time off in order to get registered.
To get registered, the employee must complete an Employee Registration form which must be submitted to the Social Security office along with the original copies of the applicant’s Passport, Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if married). A Social Security Security Registration Card will then be issued free of cost.
If an employee is already registered:
But unable to present his employer with his Social Security card on the first day of work, he must ensure that it is presented by the very next day. It is important that this is done, because one can only qualify for Social Security benefit if one is registered.
The first picture ID card is free of charge for persons who are registering for the first time, and for persons who are ‘trading in’ their previous registration card. Trading in a card means that you are presenting the old out-dated card to be exchanged for the new and improved laminated card.
- Any replacement ID card issued after the first new card will cost EC$100.00
- An exchange of ID Card after the first new card because of name change will be EC$100.00