“The Cabinet had on April 15 approved the proposal to compensate those who have been affected by Covid-19, regardless of whether or not their workplaces were ordered to be closed by the government,” he said. “I signed the ministerial regulations, which will be effective retroactively from March 1, with the first batch of compensation being ready for disbursement from April 20 onwards.”
Under Section 33 of the Social Security Act, people forced to stop working will be given 62 per cent of their daily wages based on a maximum monthly salary of Bt15,000 for a maximum of 90 days.
Social Security Office secretary-general Thossaphol Kritawong said those affected can apply for their compensation by filling out a form at www.sso.go.th/eform_news/, or filling a printed version out by hand and submitting it to their local social security office via mail or fax.
Employers also have to fill in the form to confirm that they have had to suspend their workers due to the Covid-19 crisis,” he said.
“The Social Security Office has earmarked Bt160 billion for this effort,” he added. “The money will be disbursed immediately after the verification process is complete.”