Facts on Social Security
In general, any employment in Belize under a contract of service or apprenticeship, written or oral is insurable employment.
This includes employment with the Government and all statutory bodies, employment with a company or firm or by an individual, and employment on board vessels and aircraft of which the owner resides or has his principal place of business in Belize.
The employer MUST ensure that a new employee presents his Social Security card on or before the first day of work. It is the responsibility of every person over fourteen (14) years to get their Social Security Card before seeking insurable employment.
When a person is registered as an insured person, the Social Security Board will issue to him/her a "Social Security Card ". The Card will show that person's Social Security Number, which the employer and the insured person must use as reference on all correspondence, claims, etc. when dealing with the board.
Both the employer and the employee MUST CONTRIBUTE to the scheme. The
employer is liable to pay to the Social Security Board his own share of contribution and the share of his employee. He must deduct the employee's share of the contributions from the employee's wages. For persons sixty-five years of age and over, the contribution is $2.60 per week paid solely by the employer. It covers the older employee for Employment Injury and work-related Prescribed Disease only.
Belize Social Security Board Website
** A contribution of $2.60 is payable by the Employer for employees who are 60 – 64 years old and who have received, or are receiving Social Security Retirement Benefit, and for all employees 65 years and older. This provides employment injury coverage for these employees.
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