Minister defends amendments to SSC law

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AMMAN — Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply and  Minister of Labor Yousef Al-Shamali said on Monday that the amendments to the Social Security Law for the year 2022 would not affect the financial resources of the Social Security Corporation (SSC), according to Amman Net.اضافة اعلان

Speaking during a Lower House session on Monday, which discussed a bill amending the Social Security Law of 2022, Shamali said the amendments in question regulate the legal status of military retirees before they reach the age of 45.

The amendments also stipulate an additional year of service for personnel of the Jordan Armed Forces and security agencies who were employed as of June 10, 2022, he noted.

Another amendment, he said, provides additional benefits to divorced and separated women, especially those who receive a percentage of the salary of a deceased husband or brother.

“The benefits that have been granted are a kind of social protection for sisters and daughters,” he explained, noting that the law aims to achieve “enhanced social protection for divorced or widowed women by providing them with a share of the salary of a deceased father or brother,” the minister said.

Shamali confirmed that the benefits provided under the amendments would not affect the SSC’s financial resources.

Furthermore, reductions in insurance deductions stipulated in the new amendments would also have no negative impact on the financial situation of the corporation, he said.

Investment lossesDuring the session, Deputy Abdel Salam Al-Thiyabat said that initial amendments to the Social Security Law were “a disaster” and thanked the government for withdrawing the previous version, Ammon News reported.

He attributed the frequent amendments to losses by the SSC Investment Fund which, he said, had suffered JD270 million in losses from investments in the hotel sector alone.

Thiyabat also voiced his opposition to the idea that the Minister of Labor serve as the head of the SSC board of directors, and opposed amending the law at the present time, stating that it should not be amended before 2025.

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