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    Central Advisory Board to kick-start work on national floor level minimum wage

    The Code on Wages prescribes for a statutory floor level minimum wage for the country. The intent is to roll out the four labour codes from April 1 this year and hence the need for determining the minimum floor wage at the earliest

    VK Saraswat bats for independent ministry for pharmaceuticals

    “There is a need for creating an independent ministry for pharmaceuticals. Time...

    Labour Ministry finalises new job rules under 4 codes, reform to be a reality soon

    Parliament had passed four codes on four broad codes on wa...

    • “The ILO has not commented about India’s lack of compliance with ILO Convention - 144 on tripartite consultations in implementing the four Labour Codes,” labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in response to a question in Rajya Sabha.

      Currently, employers have to take consent of the government to reduce the number of work days in a week which has been fixed at 48 hours for a work week of six days and eight hours of work each day.

      Official data showed that of target of 1.012 lakh candidates for training in the current fiscal under Unnati project, barely 4% or 4,181 candidates were trained as on January 20, 2021. The ministry had planned to train one adult member, between 18 and 45 years, per household who had completed 100 days of work under MGNREGA in the previous financial year.

      Director General Labour Bureau D P S Negi said, "There are very encouraging and positive results of two pre-testings of these five surveys. The third testing in certain pocket would be done in next ten days. We are hopeful to launch all five surveys across the country by April 1 and work on ground to release results in seven to eight month."

      Subrahmanyan's experience will guide the National Safety Council which has a major role to play to ensure safety in work places under new Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 (OSH Code, 2020), the ministry said in a statement.

      “The ministry of labour and employment has received the draft Ordinances/Bills from different state governments through the ministry of home affairs regarding amendment in the existing provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 including extension of working hours under the Factories Act, 1948,” minister Gangwar said in response to a Parliament question.

      The move will bring down the total number of compliance forms to 3 from 21 now with one unified form for registration, licence and return.

      “The central trade unions demanded that all the four codes should be put on hold and then discussions should start with the central trade unions on each of the Labour Codes afresh in the true spirit of bipartite and tripartite consultations,” the trade unions said in a joint statement issued after the physical meeting with the labour ministry on Wednesday.

      The labour ministry had held first round of tripartite discussions on draft rules on Wage Code and Code on Industrial Relations in December. Next round of discussion on the Social Security Code and the Code on Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions.

      The NEP will draw a broad road map for improving job opportunities in the country, mainly by various initiatives like skill development, bringing investment in employment intensive segments and other policy interventions.

      Besides, to safeguard the IT industry, the ministry has prescribed involvement in unauthorized access of any IT system, computer network of the employer, customer or client as a misconduct under the separate model standing orders for services sector prepared by the government for the first time.

      The labour ministry has proposed an eight-hour workday in the draft rules under the code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH&WC code). However, the draft rules under the code, also provide that the working hours in a day can be modified subject to weekly cap of 48 hours.

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