Category: Policy News

Delhi: Government constitutes flying squads to curb minimum wage violations

Government proposes amendments to Companies Act, dilutes punishments on businesses 20 December 2018: In the guise of reducing the burden on Special Courts, the Corporate Affairs Ministry has proposed amendments to the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 which would shift the jurisdiction of 16 types of corporate offences from the special courts to in-house adjudication and […]

Delhi: Government mandates retention of 80% of old workers for new projects

Assam: Government amends ID Act, allows companies to retrench up to 300 workmen without prior approval 14 October 2018: President assented to the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017 which would replace the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 in the state. The amendment allows companies to retrench up to 300 workers without prior approval from the […]

Centre hikes remuneration for ASHA and Aanganwadi workers

Employees State Insurance Corporation to include unemployment cover for members 19 September 2018: Government rolled out the “Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna” (ABVKY) to provide unemployment allowances to workers. Acknowledging “the change in employment pattern and the current scenario of employment in India which has transformed from a long-term employment to fixed short-term engagement”, ABVKY […]

Cabinet approves 2% hike in DA and DR

Cabinet approves 2% hike in DA and DR of central government employees and pensioners 29 August 2018: The union government has cleared an additional 2% hike in dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) of employees and pensioners respectively, with effect from 1 July 2018. The increase has been sanctioned in accordance with the recommendations […]

Delhi government does away with labour contractors

Labour Ministry proposes amendment in the Trade Union Act, 1926 21 July 2018: The Labour Ministry has proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act, 1926. The amendments would allow registration of federation of unions at the state level. Presently, there is provision of recognition of Trade Union confederations is limited at the central level. There […]

The Commerce and Industry Ministry sets up expert group to study SEZ Policy

Teachers get 10 days to comment on draft law to replace UGC with a new regulator 28 June 2018: On 27 June, the Ministry of Human Resource Development announced that it will repeal the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and issued the draft law, the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission) […]

Draft policy on Domestic Work ready

Delhi: Increased jail term, fine in cases of denial of Minimum Wages 7 May 2018: The Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Act, 2017, which was passed by the Delhi Assembly on August 10, 2017, came into effect on 4 May 2018 after the assent of the President Ram Nath Kovind. The amendment increases the fine under […]

Centre drops plan to bar outsiders from leading trade unions

Centre drops plan to bar outsiders from leading trade unions 24 April 2018: Amid protests from Unions regarding the Code on Industrial Relations Bill 2015 which is aimed at combining three acts — the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947; Trade Unions Act, 1926; and Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 the Labour Ministry has dropped the proposal […]

Parliament passes amendments to the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972

Kerala government sanctions Rs 20 crore for Rehabilitating Beedi Workers 27 March 2018: The Kerala government has decided to set aside a sum of Rs 20 crore to help rehabilitate the state’s beedi workers by supporting them to start their own small ventures in poultry farming, stitching centres, mobile recharge centres, fancy shops and such […]

Government opens coal sector to private commercial firms

Government opens coal sector to private commercial firms 20 February 2018: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has decided to open auction of coal mines to private parties for commercial purpose. The government had brought Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 to start fresh allocations of coal blocks after the Supreme Court had cancelled […]

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