EMPLOYERS  >>  Payment of Contribution
    Payment of Contributions
     Employers Divided into Two categories
Larger Category - Employers who are having 15 or more employees.
Smaller Category - Employers who are having less than 15 employees.
    Making Remittances
Manual Mode
Electronic Mode
The Total Amount should be remitted to ;
Finance Manager(Contribution/Collection)
Employees' Trust Fund Board
10 th Floor, Labour Secretariat
Colombo 5.
  Manual Mode(Payments by Cheques/Money Orders/Cash)
All payments should be made along with a duly filled Advice of Remittance ( R1 or R4 Form ) in duplicate.The duplicate copy of the form would be returned to the Employer by the ETF Boardin acknowledgement of the remittance.
All cheques/Bank drafts must be crossed and payable to "Employees' Trust Fund Board". Payments by money Orders should be made favoring "Employees' Trust Fund Board". Paying office to be indicated as "General Post Office".
Payments by cheques& money orders may be made to the ETF Head Office at Narahenpita,ETF office at ColomboFort and to the regional offices at Gampaha, Kandy, Matara,Kurunegala, Galle, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura, Kalutara, Hatton, Badulla, Kegalle,Hambantota&Ampara.
Payments by cash are accepted only at Bank of Ceylon- Torrington Square branch,Bank of Ceylon - Super Grade Branch at Pettah, and People's Bank - Narahenpita branch.
Amount in the cheque or money order should tally with the total amount indicated in the Remittance Form.
A separate remittance form should be used for each month in respect of payments ofarrears. If not so, please attach a separate schedule indicating the breakdown of the total amount.
Employers who make payments with R1 Remittance Form should continue the same procedure, even though the number of employees falls below 15 in any month. All government and semi-government institutions should use R1 Remittance Forms to makepayments. Individual member contribution details should be sent in Form II form on half yearlybasis. For details please contact Manager - Member Accounts (Larger Category) on Telephone No. 011-2369596

Employers who wish to change the Remittance Form from R4 to R1, as a result of increasing the number of employees in their establishments, should inform the ETF Office, for necessary instructions, before changing the remittance form. (Tel. 011-2581704 - Ext. 623)
Employers who have more than 15 employees must use the R1 Remittance Form and employers who have less than 15 employees may use the R4 Remittance Form when they make monthly contributions.
Very Important
Monthly contributions should reach ETF Board on or before the last working day of the following month.
  For further details please contact the ETF Office on Telephone Nos.011- 2368160, 011-2503911, 011-2368508, 011-2581704.
  Electronic Mode (Payments through Internet)
ETF Board has introduced on-line payment scheme, since it is the most convenient and quick payment system.
Through Internet, Employers are able to pay Contributions&Surcharges to the ETF Board and upload contribution details of the members, 24 hours of any day irrespectiveof a bank holiday from their own office or from any remote location.
At present this facility is available for the account holders of Bank of Ceylon, People's Bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Hatton National Bank, Sampath Bank and National Development Bank.
Please contact the following officers and register with ETF e-banking scheme.
Mr. Aruna Asmadala
Customer Service Manager
Bank of Ceylon - Corporate Branch
Tel : 011 2471613 / 011 2203104
Mrs. Dilanka Gamage
Customer Relationship Officer
Bank of Ceylon - Corporate Branch
Tel :011-2203108 / 011-2399560
Mr. D.S. Dushan Jayasekara
Staff Assistant
People's Bank - Narahenpita Branch
Tel. 011-2594503
Ms. K.M. Upamali
Staff Assistant
People's Bank - Narahenpita Branch
Tel. 011-2594503
Mr. Brian Thomas
Junior Executive Officer
e-Banking Centre
Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Tel. 011-2353480
Mr. Malith Cooray
Junior Executive Assistant
e-Banking Centre
Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Tel. 011-2353594
Fax. 011-4718241
Mrs. Vidushi Vithana
Junior Executive Officer
Network Service Center
Sampath Bank
Tel. 011-4730593, 011-4730572
Mr. Amith Hewavitharana
Junior Executive Officer
Network Service Center
Sampath Bank
Tel. 011-4730593, 011-4730572
Mr. Rohan Perera
Brand Manager
HNB Payfast Unit
Hatton National Bank PLC
Tel. 011-2661976, 011-2661960
Mr. Gihan Vithanage
Bank Associate
HNB Payfast Unit
Hatton National Bank PLC
Tel. 011-2661976, 011-2661960
Mrs. Bodhi Gamage
Deputy Manager
National Development Bank
Tel. 011-2448448 Ext. 3397
Mr. Thanuja Jayasuriya
Bank Associate
National Development Bank
Tel. 011-2448448 Ext. 3396
The file format of the magnetic media file to upload the Form II/ R4(Member details) through Internet are given in the Form II /R4 member datafile format details. Prior to make the payments please obtain details about uploading of member contributions from Manager (Member Accounts - Larger Category) of ETF Board on 011-2369596
In case of surcharge payments, entering of Surcharge Notice number is mandatory.
Please obtain a receipt from the computer as an acknowledgement. Receipts are not issued by theETF Board for payments made through Internet.
     Penalties / Surcharges
For delayed payments (when the amount paid is less than the calculated contribution a penalty will be added according to the number of days from the underpayment to the full payment).
For delayed payments

Surcharge payable on contribution

For a delay not exceeding 10 days
For a delay between 11 days to 01 month
For a delay between 01 to 03 months
For a delay between 03 to 06 months
For a delay between 06 to 12 months
For a delay exceeding 12 months


For delayed returns (Form II)
Employers who are liable to contribute to the ETF under remittance form R1 are required to furnish half yearly return incorporating details of contributions made on behalf of its employees in respect of each month in the following manner.
1 st half year return (January to June) on or before 31 st August of the same year.
2 nd half year return (July to December) on or before 28 th February of the following year.

Employers who are submitting the above returns after the due date shall be liable to pay a surcharge at the rate of one percent of the amount of the contribution to which the return relates for every completed month or part thereof from the last date on or before which the return was due to the date of receipt by the Board of a duly completed and correct return.

   Registration of Employers with the ETF
Unlike EPF, ETF has no registration procedure prior to making contributions.
The first and foremost obligation of any employer who has started a business and recruited his 1 st employee is to register the business with the Commissioner General of Labour and obtain a registration number for the employment.
On receipt of the Registration Number from the Labour Department the employer must either write or personally call over at the ETF Office and obtain the relevant forms and instructions to make payments to the ETF.
Once the 1 st contribution is received at the ETF Board that employer will be entered in the "Contributing Employers List" in the ETF.
Employers who are contributing to approved Provident Funds are given separate Numbers from the ETF. Such employers should quote that Number in all monthly remittance forms half yearly returns and other correspondences.
The ETF does not have a separate registration system. Therefore, the ETF is also using the employers EPF registration number for their payment and other activities. The new employers who are not obtained an EPF number can obtain a temporary number from the Contribution/Collection Section of ETF for their payments until they get the EPF registration number from the Labour Department.
    Assigning of Numbers to Members
It is the responsibility of the employer to assign numbers to his employees.
Under no circumstances a number once given to an Employee should be allocated to another employee even if such employee has left the organization.
If an employee who has resigned rejoins the same company after obtaining the ETF refund should be given a new number.
    Who is eligible for membership
The nature of the job is irrelevant. The category of employment is immaterial. Employer should be contributed whether they are permanent, temporary, apprentice, casual or shift workers.
Employees working on piece rate, contract basis, commission basis, work performed any manner what so ever are eligible for membership
     Legal Action on Defaultered Employers
The Enforcement & Prosecution Officers are following up about the defaultered and non-contributing employers. "Every employer who is liable to pay contributions to the Fund as specified by the Employees' Trust Fund Act No. 46 of 1980 and its amendments should pay contributions to the Fund on time. Otherwise the enforcement & prosecution officers will implement all necessary actions for these defaultered and noncontributed employers to make the payment with the additional surcharges.

In the event of underpayment or nonpayment of contributions any employee can make a written complain with an affidavit to Chairman, General Manager or DGM(E & RD) any Area Business Manager. Employees can make their complaints against their employers through letters, e-mail or personally to the ETF offices. If the employer doesn't fully comply with the orders made by the ETF Board will take legal action against the respective employer to safeguard the rights of the employees.
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