NHRDN Chennai Chapter – 22 August 2014
Srinath Sridevan – Amendments to the Labour Law.
This session, tied in along with our AGM, has been a very concise discussion on the latest Amendments to the following acts of the Indian Labour Law.
- Factories Act
- Apprentices Act
- Reviewed list of forms and registers to be maintained.
His discussions and view points are captured herewith.
- The reworked Act has been presented within 20 days of the new government being formed and we can surely expect more realistic amendments based on public acceptance.
- The Act is sneaky in a few places, but by overall standards, it has tried to keep up with the changing times and is attempting to do away with irrelevant and absurd practices.
- The amendment attempts to free the manufacturers from archaic laws of the government shenanigans.
Relaxation is given in terms of spread-over Over Time and the nature of exemption given.
- Parity in women handling dangerous machines but consideration is given for pregnant women.
- In 15 different sections, the word “State government” has been replaced with “ Central and State government”.
- Government has shown more trust in the employers and given a lot more latitude in doing things right for employees also.
- Where ever there is a conflict in central and state rules, the central rules prevail.
- Earned leave not worked after 240 days per year but is now recorded quarterly.
- Good balance in the emphasis on employee welfare and employer welfare.
- Section 66 has now been amended for women working after sundown.
- Even though relaxations are offered, the penalties are much stricter.
- Old and impractical requirements are mysugardaddybaby now done away with.
- Relaxation in maintenance of registers for SMEs.
- Amendment to Over Time practices and wages for Over Time.
- Apprentice agreement can now be drawn by the companies themselves and sent for approval.
- Punishment by imprisonment has been done away with but heavier fines are now imposed.
- Employers free to prescribe working hours for apprentices.
- New concept of optional trade and combined training.
- Government has made it favorable to employers to hire apprentices.
- Relaxation to maintain registers in Soft copy and can be produced on request.
Most of the relaxation is rational in the way of operations and execution