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Labour Law Gazette Notifications

Released Date: 21st May, 2020

Tripura

Extension Of Working Hours And Applicability To Act For Factories In Tripura

Government of Tripura vide Notification No.F.2(345)-FB/EoDB(Vol-II)/2015(Part)/189-96 has exempted all factories registered under The Factories Act, 1948 in the state from the provisions of Section 51 (Weekly Hour), Section 54 (Daily Hour), Section 55 (Interval of Rest), Section 56 (Spreadover Hours) with effect from 21st May 2020 for a period of three months subject to the conditions specified, (1) No adult workers shall be allowed or required to work in a factory for more than twelve hours in any day and seventy two hours in a week (2) The periods of work of adult workers in a factory each day shall be so fixed that no period shall exceed six hours and that no workers shall work for more than six hours before he has had an interval for rest of atleast half an hour (3) No female workers shall be allowed or required to work in a factory between 7pm to 6am (4) Salaries/wage shall be in proportion of the existing rate (e.g if wages for eight hour is Rs 160, then proportionate wage will be Rs 240 for twelve hours). As per the notification, the government has also increased threshold limit for applicability to the Factories Act, 1948 from ten or more workers to twenty or more workers for factories operating with the aid of power and from twenty or more workers to forty or more workers for factories operating without the aid of power for three months. The said increase in the threshold for factories shall be valid for three months from the date of issuance of notification and the same shall be reviewed by the Labour Department after three months. Please refer notification for more details

Effective Date: 21st May, 2020
Released Date: 20th May, 2020

Kerala

The Kerala Minimum Wages Notification (March 2020)

Government of Kerala, Labour and Skills (E) Department has revised the variable dearness allowance for employment in Shops and Commercial Establishment and employment in Computer Software Sector. As per the Notification No.P3.Pdl.1/2020/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 March 2020 are as ascertained by the Director General of Economics & Statistics under clause (C) of Section 2 of the Act

Effective Date: 1st Mar, 2020
Released Date: 20th May, 2020

Central

Frequently Asked Questions On Reduction In Statutory Rate Of EPF Contribution From Twelve Percent To Ten Percent

EPFO in its notification No.1513 dated 18th May 2020 had declared regarding reduction In the statutory rate of EPF contribution from Twelve per cent to Ten per cent. Therefore, EPFO has released Frequently Asked Questions to bring more clarity on the notification for the reduction in the statutory rate from twelve per cent to ten per cent for three months that is during May, June, July 2020. Please refer to the FAQ for more details

Effective Date: 20th May, 2020
Released Date: 20th May, 2020

Telangana

Extension Of Paid Holidays For Shops And Establishment And Factories In Telangana Upto 31st May 2020

Government of Telangana, Department of Labour Employment Training & Factories vide notification no 182 had further extended the order declaring paid holidays for S&E and Factories till 31st May 2020 instead of 29th May 2020 in continuance to previous notification no G.O.Ms No.173 dated 8th May 2020 and G.O Ms No 68 in regard to extension of Lockdown in the State of Telangana till 31st May 2020. Please refer notification for more details

Effective Date: 20th May, 2020
Released Date: 20th May, 2020

Bihar

The Bihar Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Amendment Rules, 2020

Government of Bihar vide notification no S. O. 128 has amended Bihar Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules, 1947 to incorporate the provision of Rule 3(A) which provides that employer of an industrial establishment shall not convert the posts of the permanent workmen to fixed-term employment and similarly included "fixed-term employment workman" under Appendix A Model Standing orders with conditions that facilities such as hours of work, wages, allowances and other statutory benefits shall not be lesser than the facilities for the permanent workman. The notification also amends Paragraph 13 (1) (2) of Model Standing Order with regard to Termination of employment of permanent workmen, temporary workmen in which the provisions of the notice of termination of permanent workmen has been substituted now with new clauses. Please refer notification for more details

Effective Date: 20th May, 2020
Released Date: 18th May, 2020

Central

EPFO Reduces The Contribution Rate To Ten Per Cent From Existing Rate Of Twelve Per Cent

Government of India vide notification S.No.1513 has amended the earlier notification dated S.O.320 (E) dated the 9th April 1997 which retained the rate of contribution at Ten per cent to (i)Any establishment in which less than twenty persons are employed, (ii) Any sick industrial company, (iii) Any establishment which has at the end of any financial year accumulated losses equal to or exceeding its entire net worth and (iv) Any establishment in Jute, Beedi, Brick, Coir and guar gum industry. As per the new notification Government has amended by adding new Clause which refers to; "Any establishment other than Central public sector enterprises and state public sector enterprises and other establishments owned by, or under the control of the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, in respect of wages payable by it for the months of May, June and July 2020". Provided that this clause shall not be applicable to the establishments eligible for relief under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna guidelines issued by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). Therefore for the establishments registered under the Act other than Government enterprises/establishments and establishments already seeking relief under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna, the contribution which shall be paid by the employer to the EPF shall be Ten per cent and the employee's contributions shall be equal to the contribution payable by the employer in respect of wages payable to employees for the months of May, June, July 2020

Effective Date: 18th May, 2020
Released Date: 18th May, 2020

Central

Amendment Of Maternity Benefit Forms Under Employees State Insurance (General) Regulations, 1950

ESIC vide notification No. N-12/13/1/2016-P&D has amended The Employees' State Insurance (General) Regulations, 1950 to bring following changes as mentioned, (1) Revised Form 17 (Certification/Notice of Pregnancy) and Form 19 (claim for Maternity Benefit and Notice of work) (2) Under Regulation 87, which regulates notice of pregnancy by an insured woman, newly inserted Regulation 87A shall now provide for Notice of Commission Mother to be submitted in the amended Form 17 to the appropriate branch office (3) Under Regulation 88, which regulates the claim for maternity benefits commencing before confinement, newly inserted Regulation 88A shall require submission of a declaration by an insured woman of her surviving child or children (4) Under Regulation 89 which provides for a claim for maternity benefit only after confinement or for miscarriage, (a) Newly inserted Regulation 89C shall require submission of a claim for Maternity Benefit by Commissioning Mother in the amended Form 19. Provided further if commissioning mother and another woman both are insured, the claim will be provided only to the commissioning mother. Claim against miscarriage will not be payable to the commissioning as well as to the other woman (b) Newly inserted regulation 89 D shall require submission of a claim for Maternity Benefit by Adoptive mother in the amended Form 19 as well

Effective Date: 18th May, 2020
Released Date: 18th May, 2020

Central

Relaxation For Employers On Filing Of ESI Contribution For The Contribution Period October 2019 To March 2020

ESIC vide circular No.P-11/12/Misc/1/2019(M)-Rev. II has extended time of filing return of contribution for the contribution period October 2019 to March 2020 under Employees State Insurance (General) Regulations, 1950 to 11th June 2020

Effective Date: 18th May, 2020
Released Date: 15th May, 2020

Central

Relief To Establishments Covered Under EPF From Levy Of Penalty For Delayed Deposit Of Dues During Lockdown

EPFO Considering the difficulty faced by the establishments in the timely deposit of contributions or administrative charges due for any period during the lockdown, the EPFO has decided that such delays due to operational or economic reasons shall not be treated as default and penal damages should not be levied for such delay. Circular dated 15.05.2020 has been issued to Field Offices of EPFO containing instructions to the effect that no proceeding shall be initiated for levy of penal damages in such cases which is available under TAB “COVID-19” on the home page of EPFO website

Effective Date: 15th May, 2020
Released Date: 15th May, 2020

Uttar Pradesh

Withdrawal Of Order On Extension Of Working Hours In Factories In Uttar Pradesh

Government of Uttar Pradesh vide notification No. 15/2020/511/XXXVI-03-2020- 30 (Sa.)/2020TC has cancelled the notification no-13/2020/502/ XXXVI-03-2020- 30 (Sa.)/2020TC, dated 08 May 2020 issued under Section 5 of the Factories Act, 1948 (Act No- 63 of 1948) granting exemption to all factories registered under Factories Act, 1948 from provisions of section 51, section 54, section 55, section 56 and section 59 of the act subject to certain conditions as per the notification. Therefore, employers of factories in the State of Uttar Pradesh are advised to comply with the working hours as prescribed under the Factories Act,1948. Please refer notification for further details

Effective Date: 15th May, 2020

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