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Enforcement of Labour Codes: Soon to be a reality

The Central and State government has successfully proffered various legislative, administrative and e-governance initiatives to generate employment and facilitate ease of doing business.

In the recent developments on labour laws, the Ministry of Labour and Employment has made significant progress.

Developments are introduced in the process of finalising rules for four labour codes viz., Codeon Wages, Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) and Social Security.

The implementation of the new labour codes would ensure flexibility of reducing the number of working days to four days a week.

It would also provide free medical check-ups to workers through the Employees State Insurance Corporation. It is to help formulate Health, Housing, Skill, Insurance, Credit and food schemes for migrant workers.

Labour secretary Apurva Chandra has confirmed that the ministry would soon appoint legal consultants to study state labour laws so that those are commensurate with the central legislations.

Earlier, The Labour Ministry had set a deadline of April 1 for implementation of the four labour codes.

It is currently in the final leg of commingling the Central Labour Laws into the four broad categories respectively.

As per reports, at a meeting of Labour Ministry officials with the industry representatives regarding OSH and social security code rules, the Confederation of Indian Industry asked for the formula for gratuity calculation to be implemented prospectively.

It has further suggested that time period of previous employment should not be considered for the current employer when deciding the time frame for payment of journey allowance to inter-state migrant workmen on completion of 180 days with an employer.

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