Effective Date

Acts

Labour Law Gazette Notifications

Released Date: 6th May, 2020

Central

Employers DSC e-Sign Registration Of Authorised Signatories In The Lockdown Period

EPFO vide press note, keeping in view the COVID situation and to further ease the compliance procedure has decided to accept KYC attestation, transfer claim attestation etc through email also. An employer can send the scanned copy of the duly signed request letter to the concerned Regional Office through the mail. Official email addresses of the Regional Offices are available at www.epfindia.gov.in. Please refer notification for more details

Effective Date: 6th May, 2020
Released Date: 6th May, 2020

Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya Pradesh Labour Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020

Governor of Madhya Pradesh vide notification no.166 dated 6th May 2020 has promulgated The Madhya Pradesh Labour Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 amending The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1961 and The Madhya Pradesh Shram Kalyan Nidhi Adhiniyam, 1982 which shall come into force from the date of publication in the Gazette. Details of the Ordinance are as below, 1) The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1961 has now been made applicable to every undertaking wherein the number employees on any day during twelve months preceding is more than hundred instead of fifty as it stood prior to the amendment 2) Under the Madhya Pradesh Shram Kalyan Nidhi Adhiniyam, 1982 a new provision has been added empowering the Government to exempt any establishment or any category of establishment from any or all of the provisions of this Act by issuing a notification subject to the conditions specified. Please refer notification for detailed information

Effective Date: 6th May, 2020
Released Date: 5th May, 2020

Madhya Pradesh

Exemption For Employers From Various Labour Laws In Madhya Pradesh

Government of Madhya Pradesh vide Gazette notification has provided an exemption to various laws such as Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Madhya Pradesh Rules, 1973, The Madhya Pradesh Factories Rules, 1962, The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Relation Act, 1960, The Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishment, Act 1958 in the state. Below are the brief extracts to the notification 1)Various provisions under the Factories Act 1948 and Madhya Pradesh factory Rules,1962 have been exempted for three months, except section 6, 7, 8, section 21 to 41-H under chapter 4 about safety, section 59, section 65, section 67, section 79, section 88, section 112 and rules made thereunder 2) Contract Labour license validity has been extended till the period of the contract 3) Exemption from provisions of inspection of factories and recognizing third party inspection for non-hazardous category factories employing upto fifty workers. Such factories shall submit the certification carried out by a third party, authorised by the labour commissioner, Madhya Pradesh, to the inspector having jurisdiction before 31st January of every year. 4) Industries of the states are exempted from the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act 1947 except Chapter V-A, Section 25-N,25-O,25-P,25-Q and 25-R of Chapter V-B for next one thousand days 5) Exemption to major industries such as Garments, Iron and steel, Electrical goods, Sugar and its by-products, Cement, Electricity generation, Public motor transport, Engineering including the manufacture of Motor vehicle, potteries, chemical, leather tanneries, from Madhya Pradesh Industrial relations Act. 6) Shops and establishment exemption to operate 24/7 has been suspended and no shops or commercial establishment situated in the local areas may open earlier than 06:00 A.M and be kept open later than 12:00 P.M. Please refer to the notification for detailed information

Effective Date: 5th May, 2020
Released Date: 5th May, 2020

Uttarakhand

Amendment To Order On Extension Of Working Hours For Factories In Uttarakhand

Government of Uttarakhand vide notification No:VIII/20-91(Labour)/2008 T.C-1 has amended notification on the extension of working hour dated 28th April 2020 to include conditions for Overtime,(1) In respect of production process every day working shifts will be divided in twelve to twelve hours where four hours will be overtime (2) The workers working in two shifts shall work six days in a week and overtime will be limited till twenty-four hours (3) Workers shall be provided thirty minutes rest after every six hours of work. The amendments applicable to factories for continues process

Effective Date: 5th May, 2020
Released Date: 3rd May, 2020

Central

Frequently Asked Questions On Filing Of ECR And Payment Of Contributions Under EPF

As per the earlier notification, the Ministry of Labour & Employment has informed about the EPFO making filing of ECR easier for businesses. The ECR can now onwards be filed by an employer without the need of simultaneous payment of contributions and contributions may be paid later by the employer after filing the ECR. The above change will entail convenience to the employers as well as the employees covered under the Act and schemes. In this regard, EPFO has further released an FAQ to employers by addressing various scenarios. Please refer to the FAQ for more details

Effective Date: 3rd May, 2019
Released Date: 1st May, 2020

Punjab

The Punjab Minimum Wages Notification (Mar 2020)

Government of Punjab, as per notification number No.ST/9408 has released the Minimum Wages for the State effective from 1st March 2020

Effective Date: 1st Mar, 2020
Released Date: 30th Apr, 2020

Central

EPFO Enables Filing Of ECR By An Employer Without Simultaneous Payment Of PF Contributions

The Ministry of Labour & Employment has informed about the EPFO making filing of ECR easier for businesses. The ECR can now onwards be filed by an employer without the need of simultaneous payment of contributions and contributions may be paid later by the employer after filing the ECR. The above change will entail convenience to the employers as well as the employees covered under the Act and schemes. Filing of ECR by the employer in time is indicative of employers intent to comply, will not, therefore, attract penal consequences, if the dues are paid within the extended time as announced by the government. Filing of ECR in time shall help in credit of employers and employee share of contributions, totalling 24% of wages by Central Government in EPF accounts of low wage earners in establishments eligible under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana package. Please refer the press release for more details

Effective Date: 30th Apr, 2020
Released Date: 30th Apr, 2020

Maharashtra

Exemption From Payment Of Late Fee Under Maharashtra State Tax On Professions, Trades, Callings And Employments Act, 1975

The Government of Maharashtra, Office of the Commissioner of Professional Tax vide trade circular No.6T of 2020, has informed that the due date of filing of returns without payment of late fee payable has been extended. The Monthly or Annual returns pertaining to period upto March 2020 and monthly period of April 2020 has been exempted subject to the below conditions. (i) Any amount payable (tax + interest) as per return should have been or shall be paid on or before the filing of returns. (ii) The employers should submit the returns pertaining to the period upto April 2020, on or before 31st May 2020. Any employer who has not fulfilled the conditions or has submitted false information to avail the benefit of exemption then, exemption of late fee shall be revoked and action will be taken against such employer

Effective Date: 30th Apr, 2020
Released Date: 29th Apr, 2020

Haryana

Extension Of Working Hours For Factories In Haryana

Government of Haryana vide notification No.2/17/2020-2lab has exempted all factories registered under The Factories Act, 1948 in the state from the provision of Section 51 (Weekly Hour), Section 54 (Daily Hour), Section 55 (Interval Of Rest), Section 56 (Spread Hours). This will be subject to aforesaid conditions, (1) The total number of working hour in a day shall not exceed twelve subject to conditions stipulated under section 65(3) of the Factories Act 1948. (2) The exemption will not provide any immunity from any other section or rules of this Act or any other state/central government legislation (3) This exemption will be valid till 30th June 2020 (4) The wages for the overtime period will be paid as per section 59 of the Factories Act, 1948 (5) The instruction issued by Government of India and Government of Haryana from time to time regarding COVID-19 including social distancing sanitisation shall be strictly followed. Hence, employers having their factories in the state of Haryana registered under the Act may avail the benefit of extended working hours allowed at their factories in adherence to the specific instruction issued hereinabove including payment of overtime wage

Effective Date: 29th Apr, 2020
Released Date: 28th Apr, 2020

Uttarakhand

Extension Of Working Hours For Factories In Uttarakhand

Government of Uttarakhand vide notification no.No./VII/20-91/2008-1 has exempted all factories registered under The Factories Act, 1948 in the state from the provision of Section 51 (Weekly Hour), Section 54 (Daily Hour), Section 55 (Interval Of Rest), Section 56 (Spread Hours) with effect from 21st April 2020 to 20th July 2020 subject to aforesaid conditions,(1) The Factories may function in two shifts at 11 hours each with one hour break between the said two shifts. Thereby allowing 3 hours of overtime for which the overtime wages shall be paid accordingly (2) The Workers engaged in the shifts as stated above shall not be engaged for more than 6 days in a week and the overtime shall be limited 18 hours per week (3) The notification shall be applicable only to the industrial establishments which have been allowed by the State Government/District Administration to function during the lockdown (4) The instruction issued by the State Government/District Administration regarding COVID-19 including social distancing, sanitisation, along with various safety provisions prescribed in the Factories Act shall be strictly followed. (5) The notification shall be valid for 3 months from the date of its publication. (6) Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) order no. 40-3/2020-DM-IA dated 15th April 2020 annexed with consolidated revised guidelines along with the National Directives for COVID-19 management and standard operating Procedures (SOP) for social distancing and hygiene measures to be followed by officer, workplace, factories and another establishment has to to be adhered to. Hence, employers having their factories in the state of Uttarakhand registered under the Act may avail the benefit of extended working hours allowed at their factories in adherence to the specific instruction issued hereinabove including payment of overtime wages

Effective Date: 28th Apr, 2020

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