Spokesperson Theanrat Nawamawat shared that SSO had compensated employees up to 50% of their wages as well as provided additional compensation of up to 2,000 Baht.

On 11 July (Sunday), Thailand’s spokesperson for Ministry of Labour, Theanrat Nawamawat, addressed the public regarding the financial coverage by the Social Security Office (SSO) for all employed persons who are classified as insured persons under Section 33 of its Social Security Act.

This topic was escalated after a media outlet claimed that the office was inadequate in extending “thorough remedies” to support insured persons, including in Thailand’s red control areas, where lockdowns are imposed.

In her address, Spokesperson Nawamawat clarified that this is untrue.

“The Ministry of Labour’s Social Security Office had paid compensation benefits in case of unemployment due to Covid-19 to insured persons in the social security system for 50% of the wages,” she shared.

This move was done in place across six provinces, namely Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon—which are red control areas.

She said: “This is because people in the social security system have paid contributions following the rules of remittance specified in the ministerial regulations.”

Regarding additional compensation, Spokesperson Nawamawat shared that the government pays additional compensation to employees who are in the social security system, at 2,000 Baht per person.

“It is because the employees have to stop work according to the order of The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and these employees already have a database in the social security system,” she explained.

She reminded that for entrepreneurs and employees seeking remedies, “employees must inform the employer to register under the social security system and be a part of the database to help and receive benefits, including various welfares that should be received from the government in the future.”

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