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Update on labour reforms

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Dear all,

As you may be aware, as part of the labour reforms, the Central Government on 19.09.2020, introduced the remaining three labour codes viz. Industrial Relations (IR) Code Bill, 2020; Code on Social Security Bill, 2020 and Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2020 in the parliament. The code received approval from both houses in the monsoon session which concluded earlier this week. The codes will now be required to get the President assent and published in the Gazette before coming into effect.

The passage of these bills are in line with the Government objective to simplify and rationalize labour laws in line with the changing work environment and to provide an effective and transparent system to meet the requirement of workers and industries.

Once notified, these codes will subsume twenty-four central legislations related to social security, industrial relations and health and safety of workers such as The Trade Union Act, 1926, The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, The Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 etc.

The Government had earlier published all three codes for public consultation; however, significant changes have been made in the final version that received approval in Parliament. We are now examining the fine prints to assess the impact from the tech industry perspective and shall keep you updated. Given below is a brief summary of key provisions and developments that we noted so far in each of these codes.

  1. Code on Social Security

 Code on Industrial Relations

  1. Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 

Click on below links to view the codes 

  1. The Industrial Relations Code 2020
  2. The Code on Social Security 2020
  3. The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020

Given the significance, we will also be organising detailed awareness webinars on these codes to discuss the key provisions and their impact on the industry and will keep you posted.


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