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Released Date: 2nd Aug, 2017

Central

Easy Deposit And Withdrawal Of Contributions In EPF Through Banks

As per press release dated 2nd August 2017, the Ministry of Labour and Employment has stated that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has tied up/entered into agreement with ten banks to collect EPFO dues and to make payments of Provident Fund (PF) withdrawals, pension and insurance to EPFO beneficiaries. The main objective of the multi banking arrangement is to provide more options to the employers to remit the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) contribution directly from their bank accounts

Effective Date: 2nd Aug, 2017
Released Date: 31st Jul, 2017

Central

Introduction Of App For ESI Patients

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has launched a mobile based application “AskAnAppointment” (AAA+) for booking of appointment in ESI Dispensaries in Delhi on 10th April, 2017. Through this Mobile Application, a beneficiary can seek a prior appointment for OPD Registration in the stipulated dispensary. Progressively the project is planned to be rolled out in other ESIC dispensaries, in phases, based on the response of this pilot project. Under ESIC 2.0 Reforms, ESI Corporation has decided to expand its services in the country. In the implemented areas where Insured person population does not meet the ESI norms for setting up health facilities, endeavour is made to provide services through mobile clinics

Effective Date: 31st Jul, 2017
Released Date: 31st Jul, 2017

Central

Launch Of Software For Generation Of Certificate Of Coverage

As per EPFO circular dated 31st July 2017, the EPFO has stated that new application software for online generation of Certificate of Coverage (CoC) was launched on 20.07.2017 and it is available on the link: https://iwu.epfindia.gov.in/iwu/ The physical application for CoC will stand discontinued. EPFO has directed all employees to utilize online system only

Effective Date: 20th Jul, 2017
Released Date: 25th Jul, 2017

Kerala

The Kerala Minimum Wages Notification (May 2017)

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.1/2017/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 May 2017 are as ascertained by the Director General of Economics & Statistics under clause (C) of Section 2 of the Act

Effective Date: 1st May, 2017
Released Date: 24th Jul, 2017

Central

Launch Of Online Complaint Management System For Sexual Harassment At Workplace

As per press release dated 24th July 2017, the Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched an online complaint management system titled " Sexual Harassment electronic–Box" (SHe-Box) for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace. This portal is an initiative to provide a platform to women working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Institutions etc.). The complaint management system has been developed to ensure the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act. Once a complaint is submitted to the portal, it will be directly sent to the ICC of the concerned Ministry/ Department/ PSU/ Autonomous Body etc. having jurisdiction to inquire into the complaint. Through this portal, the Ministry as well as complainant can monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICC. The SHe-Box portal can be accessed at the link: http://www.wcd-sh.nic.in/

Effective Date: 24th Jul, 2017
Released Date: 22nd Jul, 2017

Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh Minimum Wages Notification (Apr 2017)

The Government of Himachal Pradesh vide notification No.Shram (A)4-8/2006-Part-III has released the minimum wages for the State of Himachal Pradesh effective 1st April 2017

Effective Date: 1st Apr, 2017
Released Date: 21st Jul, 2017

Central

EPFO Launches PF Transfer Claims Interface Under Unified Portal

As per EPFO circular dated 21st July 2017, the EPFO has highlighted the functionalities of the Member Interface and the Employer Interface under the Unified Portal viz., (1) Members who have their AADHAAR and Bank details seeded to the UAN can submit their PF transfer requests online. However AADHAAR is not mandatory for submitting online PF transfer request. Members have to duly fill in the transfer request on the Member Interface, post filling of the form a downloadable version of Form 13 will be available for the member. The Member is required to download the Form 13, sign and upload the same within a period of ten days from the date of submitted the transfer request in the Member portal. (2) Employers, on receipt of signed physical copy of the claim request PDF(Form 13)from the member, have to digitally approve the transfer requests submitted by the members using Digital Signature of the authorised personnel in the Employer interface Online Portal. To process transfers submitted post 1st March 2017, employers post receipt of signed copy of transfer claim PDF(Form 13) should attest the same and send it to the concerned EPFO Field Office for processing. Employers can now use the UAN/ Member ID of member to verify the following (1) Details of new joiners before completing the New Employee Registration process, (2) Verify previous employment details and (3) Verify KYC details of members. Furthermore, It has been observed by EPFO that that employers are registering new joiners in their establishment as fresh employment cases whereby the member is allotted a new UAN by the system. Thus, EPFO has directed its Field Offices to ensure that a member should have only one UAN throughout his or her employment life cycle cutting across multiple establishments and to minimize the allotment of new UAN to any member who is already allotted UAN

Effective Date: 21st Jul, 2017
Released Date: 21st Jul, 2017

Central

EPF Compliance Instructions For Establishments With Multiple Branches For ECR Filing

As per EPFO circular dated 21st July 2017, the EPFO has noted that there are many establishments which have employees working at different locations and branches but the payment of PF dues of all the workers is made under a single PF code number and there was a need for a facility for field offices to monitor compliance in their respective inspection areas. Accordingly, a facility has been provided to such employers to furnish their location-wise employees particulars. The procedure to utilize the facility is detailed herewith. An employer can declare for each employee the period for which the employee has worked at a particular branch/location. The employer should use their login to add all the branches/ locations of the establishment in Form 5A. The period of posting of employees at various branches/locations can be declared by the employer by using the "Member Location Mapping" option under the "Establishment" tab in the employer's portal. This can be done either by entering data on the screen one by one or in bulk by uploading a file. The Field offices are directed to inform employers about this facility and advise them to use the same. Thus, it shall be mandatory on the part of all such multiple location establishments to fill the details of location-wise employees in Form 5A in the Member Location Mapping

Effective Date: 21st Jul, 2017
Released Date: 19th Jul, 2017

Central

Non Filing OF Returns By Exempted Establishments

As per EPFO circular dated 19th July 2017, the EPFO has observed that all exempted establishments have not filed prescribed returns till date through the portal for e-filing returns for exempted establishments which was launched on 27.05.2017, whereas the returns were to be filed before 15.06.2017. Hence, the EPFO has directed all field offices to ensure due filing of prescribed returns by 25.07.2017. If any establishment is found not complying with the aforesaid due date, then they will be immediately inspected and post Inspection necessary action for cancellation of exemption can be initiated against the defaulting establishments after giving an opportunity of being heard

Effective Date: 19th Jul, 2017
Released Date: 18th Jul, 2017

Central

Introduction Of Self-Declaration Form For Insured Woman Relating To Maternity Benefit Under ESI Scheme

As per ESIC circular dated 18th July 2017, the ESIC has introduced a Self-declaration Form for the Insured Woman. The ESIC had noticed some instances, that the family particulars of IP/IW vary from those available in the IP portal which lead to undue benefit. In order to obviate this issue, it has been decided to obtain a self declaration from the Insured Woman for number of her surviving children as on date of presenting the maternity benefit claim. If there is an inconsistency between the declaration and the particulars on the portal, then 12 week of maternity benefit would be paid immediately from the ESIC Branch. Remaining payment, if any, will be made to Insured woman within 14 days subject to verification. Thus, Insured woman shall now submit self-declaration Form along with claim form No. 19 for the settlement of Maternity Benefit Claim

Effective Date: 18th Jul, 2017

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