Category: Policy News

Government directs oil PSUs to construct houses for migrant workers

Parliamentary panel on labour to scrutinise EPFO spending 20 October 2020: The parliamentary committee on labour is set to scrutinize the ₹10 trillion corpus under the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and the performance of the fund management, including its investment decisions since the body started investing in the stock market last year. The committee […]

MNREGA workers to get benefits under BOCW welfare board in Rajasthan

President gives assent to the Labour Codes 30 September 2020: Three labour codes – The Code on Social Security 2020, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition Code 2020, and the Industrial Relations Code 2020 which were passed by both the houses amid boycott from the opposition during the recently concluded monsoon session of the […]

Jharkhand Government launches employment guarantee scheme for unskilled workers in urban areas

Parliamentary standing committee on Labour to examine impact of Ayushman Bharat, Aarogya Setu app 27 August 2020: The standing committee on labour is scrutinising different programs of the Centre and their impact on workers with a particular emphasis on inter-state migrants, informal and unorganised sector workers during the lockdown. The committee has invited health department […]

State governments dilute key labour laws in the name of ‘generating employment’

Karnataka: Government defers payment of VDA for 1 year 21 July 2020: Karnataka government has deferred payment of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) from the employer for a period of 1 year i.e., April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. The demand for deferring payment of VDA was raised by the industry bodies and the department […]

Odisha: Small establishments exempted from Factories Act

Government launches Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan to quell job crisis 20 June 2020: The central government has launched Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan across 116 districts in 6 states – Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan which have seen the maximum number of returnee workers. Government will initiate public works projects worth ₹50,000 […]

MP and UP to map skills of migrant workers returning home, provide them jobs within the state

Government lifts lockdown in green and orange zones, announces Unlock 1.0 30 May 2020: Government has lifted lockdown, first put in place on 23 March 2020 and subsequently extended till 30 May 2020. From 1 June 2020 factories and commercial establishments will be allowed to function except for regions marked as containment zones. The government […]

Meghalaya: Government proposes legislation for regulation of migrant workers

Punjab: Government issues advisory to employers against firing workers and slashing wages 29 March 2020: The Punjab government has issued an advisory to industries and commercial establishments in the state, asking them not to terminate employees or deduct their wages, as non-essential factories remain shut due to Centre imposed lockdown. The advisory states that Any […]

Maharashtra: Cabinet approves 5-day week for government employees

Uttarakhand: Government employees to get free treatment under Atal Ayushman Yojana 29 February 2020: Uttarakhand cabinet approved the extension of free healthcare benefit to government employees under Atal Ayushman Yojana. According to this scheme employees will be charged a nominal premium ranging from Rs.250 to Rs.1,000 annually. Moreover the scheme allows government employees to access […]

Odisha: Government hikes employment days under MNREGA from 100 to 200

Karnataka: Directorate of Public Instruction issues warning to schools against unlawful termination of Mid-Day Meal workers 27 January 2020: Directorate of Public Instruction has issued a circular to all schools in Karnataka warning them of strict action for terminating the services of Mid-Day meal workers on the basis of their caste. DIP has further said […]

Cabinet approves Code on Social Security

Cabinet approves Code on Social Security 4 December 2019: The Union Cabinet approved the Code on Social Security Bill 2019. The bill aims to subsume 8 labour laws – the Employees’ Compensation Act, 1923; Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948; Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952; Maternity Benefit Act, 1961; Payment of Gratuity Act, […]

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