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Chuks Udo Okonta
Stakeholders have called on employers with casual employees in their workforce to enroll them in the contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).
The call was made at a forum organized by the Lagos State Pension Board (LASPEB) in Lagos. Participants at the event who were drawn from the government, pension and insurance industries expressed misgivings over the neglect of several casual employees by employers.
They noted that it is abnormal for an employee to have been engaged for numbers of years and allowed to go without pension.
They said, though the Pension Reform Act 2014 encourages voluntary contributions, employers should ensure casual employees who have been engaged for long period are covered in the pension scheme.
Although the PRA 2014 did not address the issue of casual employees, Section 2 of the act expanded the coverage of the CPS in the private sector organizations with three (3) employees and above, in line with the drive towards informal sector participation.