The pandemic has brought many changes to the Brazilian workplace and, every day, with these changes come more laws to allow it to adapt better to the actual reality facing Brazilian companies.
In this context, on September 4, Joint Ordinance number 55, has suspended the schedule for sending information to eSocial, the Digital Tax Bookkeeping System for Social Security and Labor Tax Obligations that consolidates the labor accessory obligations for companies in a single submission.
Weverton Coutinho, from Drummond Advisors’ personnel department, analyzed the current situation that Brazilian companies are experiencing, “the public disaster that has occurred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many companies in the country and the analysis planning for information submission to eSocial. With this decree extending the deadline for suspension and reduction of the workday, companies have less time to schedule and organize the sending of tables of events, rubrics and to confirm if they will have issues, according to the labor reform. ”
Who will be affected by this rule:
- Companies that belong to the 3rd required group, which are: employers who opt for Simples Nacional, individual rural producers, non profit groups and individual employers – except domestic.
- Federal public agencies and international organizations (group 4).
- Occupational Health and Safety Events – SST, scheduled to start in September for companies in the 1st group of obliged parties (companies with annual sales above R $ 78 million).
The schedule for all the groups mentioned above was planned for September and there is still no new date confirmed for implementations in these cases.
“ESocial is like the Big Brother of companies, where the Federal Revenue can see all the decisions made in real time for each case submitted”, comments Weverton. In his view, these extensions have helped entrepreneurs who have, many times, encountered problems with validating their initial registrations that should have already been ready, according to the schedule.
“I consider this phase of delivery of periodic events to be a little more complicated since we are talking about payroll being examined by the Federal Revenue and auditing, which can result in penalizing companies that do not follow the legislation correctly,” added Weverton.
It is important to note that employers who are already required to send information to eSocial must remain vigilant as the deadlines continue to be normally required.