As part of labour law reforms, the Government has undertaken the exercise of rationalisation of the 38 Labour Acts by framing 4 labour codes viz Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code on Social Security and Code on occupational safety, health and working conditions.
Union minister Maneka Gandhi launched on Tuesday a portal to help women lodge complaints online about sexual harassment at work. The online complaint management system - ‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) will be hosted on the website of the ministry of women and child development.
Temporary or ad-hoc employees are eligible for maternity leave: Central Administrative Tribunal – 23 Oct 2017
The landmark verdict by CAT on the petition of Anuradha Arya, a 'guest teacher' at Government Girl's School, benefited the working women’s across the nation who had to quit their jobs or forced to take a break,under the impression that they are not entitle of six months maternity leave because of being ad-hoc / temporary nature of employment.
EPFO introduces a new facility for its members to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online 18 OCT 2017
EPFO introduces a new facility for its members to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online On the eve of Deepawali, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is pleased to introduce a new facility for its esteemed members having Universal Account Number (UAN) and other relevant details to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online. This, in turn, would facilitate the members, a better and speedy EPFO services.
The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2017 seeks to double tax-free gratuity for government and private sector employees to Rs20 lakh- 12 Sept.2017
The Union cabinet on Tuesday approved two worker-friendly proposals. The gratuity withdrawal limits for staff in private companies and public-sector units have been increased to Rs. 20 lakh. At present, even if a worker accumulates more than Rs. 10 lakh as gratuity contribution, the withdrawal is capped at Rs. 10 lakh and the rest is paid out after deduction of taxes.
Effective August 28, 2017, the wage ceiling under the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 ("Act") was increased to an average wage ceiling of INR 24,000 per month from INR 18,000 per month, pursuant to a notification by the Indian Government. As a result of such increase, the Act, which applies only with respect to employees who earn less than the wage ceiling, will become applicable to a larger number of employees. The Act regulates the payment of wages to certain classes of employed persons, and contains provisions in relation to, inter alia, the responsibility for payment of wages, fixing of wage-periods, time of payment of wages, and maintenance of registers and records. The Act defines the term "wages," which term is referred to in some of the other Indian labour enactments.
It helps EPFO subscribers to avoid deductions from their pay on account of mandatory social cover provided to workers under the legal framework of the country where they are posted. New Delhi: Subscribers of retirement fund body EPFO heading for foreign postings can now apply online for certificate of coverage (CoC) to avoid deductions for social security cover abroad.The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has done away with the manual application for the CoC by its subscribers who have been posted abroad by their employers, a senior EPFO official said.The online facility for applying for CoC was started earlier this month as part of the government's Digital India initiative, the official said.The CoC is required for all those employees going abroad for assignments or posting done by their employers.It helps EPFO subscribers to avoid deductions from their pay on account of mandatory social cover provided to workers under the legal framework of the country where they are posted.At present, India has social security agreement with 18 countries -- Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, France, South Korea, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, Japan, Canada, Australia, Norway, Singapore and Hungary.The social security agreement provides for detachment, totalisation and portability. Under the detachment clause, the employees of one country deputed by their employers to other country for short-term assignments are exempted from social security contributions up to a period of 60 months.The international workers of these countries posted in India are not required to make mandatory contribution towards social security schemes run by the EPFO in India.Employees from these countries need to produce the CoC stating that they are covered under such social schemes in their country and get exemption from contribution to EPFO schemes.Similar privilege is enjoyed by Indian employees posted in these 18 countries with whom it has signed social security agreements.However, there are a large number of countries with whom India has not inked any social security agreements. Therefore, workers from these countries are required to subscribe to EPFO schemes and sometime they make such mandatory contributions in their country as well.
(Updated: Nov 18, 2017 | 14:49 IST | Source - ET Now Digital) Automatic transfer of employees' provident fund (EPF) while changing jobs will be initiated once first payment in respect of the new employee is received from present employer against the UAN flagged for auto-transfer, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), said in a circular.