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Released Date: 14th Jun, 2017

Kerala

The Kerala Minimum Wages Notification (Apr 2017)

Government of Kerala, Labour and Skills (E) Department had revised the minimum rates of wages for employment in Shops and Commercial Establishment vide G.O.(P) No.196/2016/LBR, dated 21-12-2016 with no changes to rates of Minimum Wages for Computer Software Sector vide G.O.(MS) No. 111/2011/LBR, dated 09-08-2011. As per the Notification No.P3.Pdl.1/2017/DES, the Consumer Price Index (Cost of Living Index) Numbers applicable to employees in employment under the Minimum Wages Act (Central Act XI of 1948) for the month of April 2017 are as ascertained by the Director General of Economics & Statistics under clause (C) of Section 2 of the Act

Effective Date: 1st Apr, 2017
Released Date: 13th Jun, 2017

West Bengal

The West Bengal Minimum Wages Notification (July 2017)

The Government of West Bengal as per notification No. 477/703/Stat/2RW/29/2016/LCS/JLC, has released the minimum rates of wages effective 1st July 2017

Effective Date: 1st Jul, 2017
Released Date: 8th Jun, 2017

Central

Guidelines To File EPFO And ESIC Common Returns At USSP

As per ease of doing business reforms introduced by the Government of India, the Government is in the process of building the portal for the combined online filing of returns and the combined online registration for the EPFO and ESIC. The combined registration/ returns can be completed from the portal https://shramsuvidha.gov.in for both EPFO and ESIC. Please refer to the guideline documents for further clarification

Effective Date: 8th Jun, 2017
Released Date: 8th Jun, 2017

Central

Clarification On PF Deduction For Indian Employees (International Workers) Returning From Foreign Country

As per recent EPFO circular dated 8th June 2017, the EPFO has clarified that the Indian International workers who come back to India shall not be treated as International worker for purposes of PF deduction, unless the Indian employee fulfils the following conditions: that (i) he has worked or is going to work in a foreign country with which India has entered a Social Security Agreement and (ii) he is eligible to avail the benefits under a social security programme of the said foreign country. Thus, Indian Expatriate Employees who do not fulfil the aforesaid two conditions and who come back to work in India after having worked in a foreign country will fall under the definition of "employee" under the EPF Act and not of "International worker" under the EPF Scheme, and PF deductions shall be made accordingly

Effective Date: 8th Jun, 2017
Released Date: 5th Jun, 2017

Central

Implementation Of E-Court Management System Clarification

As per EPFO circular dated 5th June 2017, the EPFO in further clarification to the circular released on 23rd May 2017, regarding the e-court management system, has instructed that new cases under the categories 7A, 7B, 7C, 7Q, 14B and 26B must be registered and processed only through the EPFO e-court Management system w.e.f. 1st July 2017. However, simultaneously, old cases in above categories may also be entered in the e-court Management system software for timely and easy processing of those cases

Effective Date: 5th Jun, 2017
Released Date: 2nd Jun, 2017

Central

The Child Labour (Prohibition And Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2017

As per the notification published in the official gazette dated 2nd June 2017, the Central Government has amended the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules, 1988. Under the new amendment government has emphasized by inserting new rules towards creating awareness on prohibition of employment of child and adolescents in contravention to Act and various other changes which includes rules relating to the following points which are 1. Child towards helping his family without affecting his education, 2. Hours of work, 3. Payment of amount to child or adolescent from and out of Child and Adolescent Labour Rehabilitation Fund, 4. Guidelines to judicial and labour officers towards enforcing the law prohibiting child labour. Hence the Central Government in pursuit of prohibition of Child labour has made various changes in existing rules with this new amendment

Effective Date: 2nd Jun, 2017
Released Date: 31st May, 2017

Delhi

The Delhi Minimum Wages Notification (Apr 2017)

Government Of National Capital Territory of Delhi vide Gazette notification number No. F.Addl.LC/Lab/MW/2016/46/6 has released minimum wages including variable dearness allowance for the National Capital Territory of Delhi effective 1st April 2017. Please refer to earlier Clarification On Delhi Minimum Wages Stay Order with reference to applicability of rates for certain establishments

Effective Date: 1st Apr, 2017
Released Date: 31st May, 2017

Central

Clarification On Allowing EPS Members Benefit Of Actual Salary In The Fund

As per EPFO circular dated 31st may 2017, the EPFO has clarified that the benefit of full coverage on wages is only applicable for the accounts maintained by EPFO for which remittances have been made for the salary above the applicable wage ceiling limit. Employees who are part of exempted establishments also will get benefit of actual wages provided they have contributed on actual wages to the EPF Trust. The final decision regarding the benefits to be given to those employees is pending before the CBT (Central Board of Trustees) as EPFO feels that account adjustments for the difference in contribution from the trust and EPFO is practically impossible. In the interim, it is advised that no member of the EPS, 1995 whose contribution on full salary has not been received in the account of the EPFO at the respective periods of the contribution, shall be eligible for the benefits contemplated in the judgment as per Hon'ble Supreme Court Order

Effective Date: 31st May, 2017
Released Date: 30th May, 2017

Central

Extended Benefit To IPs/IWs Under The New Wage Ceiling Limit

As per recent ESIC circular dated 30th May 2017, the ESIC has directed that the IP/IW who went out of coverage ceiling of Rs 15000 but were subsequently covered under wage ceiling of Rs 21000 w.e.f. 1st January 2017 shall be entitled to receive the Extended Sickness Benefits and Super Speciality Treatment for the period of interruption, provided that he or she fulfils the eligibility conditions as laid down under the ESI Regulation and H.Q. instructions issued from time to time

Effective Date: 1st Jan, 2017
Released Date: 29th May, 2017

Central

Online Filing Of Returns Of Exempted Establishments Under New Software

As per recent EPFO Circular dated 29th May 2017, the EPFO has launched a new software on 27th May 2017 and has directed all the exempted Trusts under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act to submit the pending online returns from October 2016 till date. It is clarified that the return for the wage month March, 2017 is to be filed latest by 15th May, 2017. Similarly the returns for every wage month are to be filed by 15th of the month following the month of payment of contributions for the wage month as exemplified above for the month of March, 2017. Hence all returns pending upto the wage month of April 2017 may be filed online latest by 15th June 2017. Non filing of returns for three consecutive months shall result in cancellation of exemption granted to the establishment

Effective Date: 29th May, 2017

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