Establishments must have Digital Signatures for Online PF Code Application/ Compliances : EPFO
The employer of the establishments coverable under the Act and applying for PF Code online shall submit application online with digital signatures & all prescribed documents. Therefore, it is necessary for every establishment to have a digital signature.
The employers of all the establishments already covered under the Act also must have digital signature so that they can submit any document in future such as form 5A, 11(new), etc. digitally also. It will also enable the establishments to verify UAN data, as prescribed under the EPF Act / Rules.
In view of the direction issued by the GoI under para 78 of the EPF Scheme, 1952, the CPFC has issued directives on the above lines. These directives are made operative with immediate effect. The present establishments already covered (having employees less than 50), however, are given time till 31.12.2015 for procuring and registering the digital signature.