29 November 2019: The Industrial Relations Code 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 29 November 2019. The Code will consolidate the Trade Unions Act, 1926; the Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act 1946 and the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.
The proposed code will legitimize hire and fire by introducing Fixed Term Employment. It also does away with existing clause of requiring government permission prior to closure or laying off in establishments with 300 or more workmen are employed. The code also proposes setting up of negotiation councils in establishments where no union gets the support of 75% of workers whose name appear on muster rolls, thereby violating the right to freedom of association of workers.
28 November 2017: Karnataka government issued a notification exempting all industries in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) from the Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act for 5 years. Earlier this year the state has exempted IT and IT based services from the purview of Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act.
16 November 2019: Prakash Javdekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has announced that a No Objection Certificate (NOC) will no longer be required for setting up new industries in the National Capital Region of Delhi from the Ministries of Labour, Environment and Industry. These three ministry are the nodal ministries regulating industries across the country. Earlier this year air pollution levels had reached hazardous levels and Supreme Court had ordered that schools and offices remain shut.
4 November 2019: Punjab government has exempted new start-ups and MSMEs from inspection against compliance of 14 labour laws including the Factories Act and Payment of Wages Act. New start-ups and MSMEs would be entitled to self-certify their compliance of the labour laws on the web portal of the labour website. The labour department will conduct inspection in only 5% establishment through a web based randomized selection.
4 November 2019: The Karnataka government has amended the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules, 1961 mandating 100% reservation for persons domiciling in Karnataka for 15 years and who can read and write Kannada in group C and D jobs. Earlier, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh promulgated similar rules but have failed to implement it.