Latest Amendments in Labour Laws in India in 2019

July 2019

S No Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 Code on occupational safety, health and working conditions bill 2019 Cabinet has given the approval to merge 13 labour acts under code on occupational safety, health and working conditions.

June 2019

S No Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 ESIC Act 1948 Govt reduced ESIC contribution rates from 6.5% to 4%.

Now employee contribution: 0.75%

Employer contribution: 3.25%

May 2019

S No Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 Pension for Traders Shop keepers, retail traders and self employer persons will
get 3000 rs pension after 60 yrs of age.

March 2019

S no Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 ESIC Funeral Expenses ESI funeral expenses benefit limit has increased to 15000 Rs, earlier it was 10000 Rs.

February 2019

S no Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 Creche Facilities under maternity benefits act 2017 Advisories will be issued for state governments for strict monitoring of creche facilities. ( Under maternity benefits amendment act 2017 creche facilities are mandatory for establishments employing 50 or more than 50 employees)
2 ESIC Employee state insurance has released a draft notification to reduce ESIC contributions to 1% and 4%.

January 2019

S no Labour Law Latest Amendment
1 Trade Union Act 1926 Prime minister of India approved recognition of trade unions in state and central level, it brings more transparency and brings industrial harmony.
2 Payment of Wages Act 1936 Employer should pay the wages to the contractual labor either through cheques or credit into the bank account.
3 Maternity Benefit Amendment Act 2017 Central govt is working on an incentive scheme to reimburse 7 weeks maternity wages to the employer.

Eligibility criteria

  • Women employee’s monthly wage should be below 15000 Rs.
  • At least a member of EPF scheme for 1 year and not a member of the ESIC scheme.
4 Building & Other Construction Workers Act (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) 1996 1% of cess will be collected on the cost of construction by the state govt or UT administrations. (Earlier the cess was collected based on the daily wage of the worker)
5 PMRPY Scheme( Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana Scheme) PMRPY scheme has reached 1 Crore beneficiaries as on 14 January 2019

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