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Released Date: 2nd May, 2017

Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh Minimum Wages Revised Notification (Apr 2017)

The Government of Chhattisgarh vide notification No. F 10-4/2016/16 dated 1st May 2017 and notification No. 3030 dated 2nd May 2017 has revised the basic rates of minimum wages and VDA respectively, with effect from 1st April 2017. This notification has superseded the earlier notification No. F 10-4/2016/16 dated 29th March 2017

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

Central

Online Claim Submission By Member Using UAN Interface

As per recent EPFO Press Release dated 1st May 2017, the EPFO has stated that all EPF Member’s who have activated their UAN and seeded their KYC (Aadhaar) with EPFO will be able to apply for PF Final Settlement (Form 19), Pension Withdrawal Benefit (Form 10-C) and PF Part Withdrawal (Form 31) from their UAN Interface directly. A member can complete the whole process online and member neither needs to interact with the employer and nor with EPFO field office to submit the online claim. Member is not required to give any supporting document while preferring online PF Part Withdrawal case. A member applying online will be taken as his self-declaration for preferring the claim. To apply for this service member’s Aadhar details should be seeded in EPFO database. The facility is expected to ease the claim submission process for EPF members and reduce the turnaround time

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

Central

Launch Of One IP- Two Dispensaries Scheme

As per Press Information Bureau release dated 1st May 2017, the Ministry of Labour and Employment has launched One IP- Two Dispensaries Scheme. Under One IP- Two Dispensaries scheme there is an option given to an Insured Person (IP) to choose two dispensaries, one for self and another for family through an employer. Earlier Insured person had to choose one dispensary for either self or for family. This will benefit all Insured persons, especially migrant workers who are working in other than home State, while their families are living in their native States, because of non-availability of option of second dispensary, the dependant members of family are often deprived of medical benefits

Effective Date: 1st May, 2017
Released Date: 27th Apr, 2017

Central

Declaration Of Rate Of Interest For EPF Members Account For The Year 2016-17

As per recent EPFO Circular dated 27th April 2017, the EPFO has reiterated the Notification of Ministry of Labour and Employment conveying the approval of Central Government to credit interest at 8.65% for the year 2016 -17 from 8.80% for the year 2015-16, to the account of each member of the EPF Scheme as per provisions under Para 60 of EPFS

Effective Date: 27th Apr, 2017
Released Date: 25th Apr, 2017

Central

Introduction Of Real Time System In EPFO Default Management

As per recent EPFO circular dated 25th April 2017, the EPFO has made it clear that it is in process of making a default management system and the EPFO has laid down some of the salient features, which include, an SMS alert being sent on 16th/17th of every month to those employers who have made atleast one contribution during the last three months but failed to contribute during the month, informing them the due date for payment. Thereafter an E-Mail communication shall be sent between 20th to 25th of every month to all those balance establishments who had remitted any contributions during the last three months but have not remitted any contribution during the month. Simultaneously, field offices shall be supplied the list of all such balance establishments for their own viewing in protected view in MIS Portal. The officers-in-charge have been directed take action against the establishments who have not remitted their contribution. It is further proposed to publish defaulting establishments in EPFO Website for public view. Thus, the EPFO has set up a system of sending alerts to ensure timely payments and at the same has issued strict instructions to officers to take action on non-remittance and for publishing defaulter list in the EPFO website. This is to enable employers to make timely remittances

Effective Date: 25th Apr, 2017
Released Date: 25th Apr, 2017

Central

Self Declaration For Advance Granted For Illness And For The Physically Handicapped

Government of India vide gazette notification dated 25th April 2017, has made amendments to the Employees Provident Funds Scheme. Under Para 68-J and in Para 68-N for grant of advance from the fund in case of illness and to members who are physically handicapped, the earlier required provisions for requirement of a certificate from a doctor of the hospital, a certificate from his employer that the ESI benefits are not applicable and medical certificate from a competent medical practitioner to the effect that person is physically handicapped respectively have been removed. Thus, as per the changes made under the amendments to the EPFS a member can submit a self declaration to get the advance for illness under Para 68-J and the advance for the physically handicapped under Para 68-N

Effective Date: 25th Apr, 2017
Released Date: 21st Apr, 2017

Pondicherry

The Puducherry Minimum Wages Notification (Jan 2017)

As per gazette notification No. 2/Lab/AIL/G/2012/572, Minimum Wages released for the Union Territory of Puducherry effective 1st January 2017

Effective Date: 1st Jan, 2017
Released Date: 12th Apr, 2017

Central

The Employee's Compensation (Amendment) Act, 2017

The Employee's Compensation Act, 1923 has been amended with the new Section 17 A requiring the Employer at the time of employment to inform employees of their rights under this Act in writing and in electronic form in English or in Hindu or in official language of the area of employment. General penalty under Section 18 (1) of the Act has been increased from five thousand rupees to fifty thousand rupees which may extend to one lakh rupees. In case of appeal under Section 30 (1) previously appeal would lie if the amount in dispute in the appeal was not less than three hundred rupees, now this has changed to ten thousand rupees or as Central Government may direct. With regards to withholding of certain payments pending decision of appeal, by Commissioner on direction of High Court under Section 30 A, this provision has now been omitted. The effective date of the Act will be notified by the Central Government in the near future

Effective Date: 12th Apr, 2017
Released Date: 12th Apr, 2017

Central

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 Clarification

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has released the FAQs and clarification of the questions surrounding the Maternity Benefit Amendment 2017, Wherein, creche facility provisions will come into effect on 1st July, 2017 and the rest of the Act will come into effect from 1st April, 2017. Enhanced maternity benefit leave of 26 weeks can be availed by women who were already under maternity leave at the time of the enforcement of the Amendment Act. Women who have already availed 12 weeks of Maternity leave before enforcement of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, i.e 1st April 2017, shall not be entitled to avail extended maternity benefit of the 26 weeks leave.

Effective Date: 12th Apr, 2017
Released Date: 12th Apr, 2017

Central

Withdrawal Of PF To Facilitate Housing Needs Of Workers

Government of India vide gazette notification dated 12th April 2017, has made amendments to the Employees Provident Funds Scheme. A member may withdraw or finance from the amount standing to his credit in the Fund, for the purchase of dwelling house or flat or the construction of a dwelling house. The amount of the withdrawal should not exceed ninety percent of contribution and interest accumulated in his share.The withdrawal can only be made once and is restricted to members who have had membership of the Fund for at least three years

Effective Date: 12th Apr, 2017

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