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    Recent labour law changes in 2017

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    Recent labour law changes in 2017

    • Payment of Wages (Amendment) Act, 2017 enabling payment of Wages to employees by Cash or Cheque or crediting it to their bank account.
    • Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 provides for a complete ban on employment of children below 14 years in any occupation or process.
    • Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017, increases the paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks
    • The Employee Compensation (Amendment) Act, seeks to rationalize penalties and strengthen the rights of the workers under the Act
    • Ministry has notified “Ease of Compliance to maintain Registers under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017” on 21st February 2017 which has in effect replaced the 56 Registers/Forms under 9 Central Labour Laws and Rules made there under into 5 common Registers/Forms. This will save efforts, costs and lessen the compliance burden by various establishments
    • A Model Shops and Establishments (RE&CS) Bill, 2016 has been circulated to all States/UTs for adoption with appropriate modification. The said Bill inter alia provides for freedom to operate an Establishment for 365 days in a year without any restriction on opening/closing time and enables employment of women during night shifts if adequate safety provisions exist.
    • A category i.e. Fixed Term Employment has been introduced under Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 to impart flexibility to an establishment to employ people in case of Apparel Manufacturing Sector to meet the fluctuating demands of the sector due to its seasonal nature.
    • Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Corporation raises wage limit to Rs 21,000 for coverage from Rs 15,000.
    • Amendment to the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 by which eligibility limit for payment of bonus enhanced from Rs 10,000/- to Rs. 21,000/- per month and the Calculation Ceiling from 3,500/- to Rs. 7,000/- or the minimum wages
    • The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017: Under the present Gratuity Act, the maximum period of maternity leave available to female employees is 12 weeks (for the purpose of calculation of continuous service. The Bill amends the provision to specify that the central government may notify the maximum time period for maternity leave
    • PF Withdrawal New Rules- Documents Requirement: Now onwards, for those PF accounts that have not been linked to Aadhaar for some reason, PF claimant should submit cancelled cheque in original (containing claimant’s name, bank account number & IFSC of the bank branch printed on it) with all type of claims. Incase the bank account of the claimant is ‘without cheque facility’, then the claimant has to submit copy of bank passbook (containing claimant’s name, bank account number & IFSC of the bank branch) duly attested by the bank authorities where the bank account is maintained or by the employer. This shall come into force with immediate effect.
    • PF Date of Birth Correction Procedure New
    • One Employee- One EPF Account: A facility has been provided to the members to merge their earlier PF accounts to the current PF account to that EPFO may help them in the integrations of all these PF accounts in the current UAN activated PF account. The said functionality has been provided on the EPFO website.
    • Now anyone can create PF UAN online at Unified Portal
    • Government UMANG Mobile App– Added PF Services such as PF Claim and to check PF balance online

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