Appointment letter mandatory for any employment under new draft rules

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/20/2020 11:01:49 PM

NEW DELHI, Nov 20: The Labour Ministry has gazetted the draft rules under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, fixing 45 days for objections and suggestions before it will be brought into force which will improve the working conditions of the workers, specially the building and construction workers, mines workers, inter-state migrant workers and contract labours.
There is a separate Act for the service conditions of the working journalists but the code passed by Parliament in September replaces it and a dozen other central labour laws to bring uniformity.
Once the rules come into force, it makes mandatory for the employers not to engage any employee without a proper letter of appointment specifying designation, wages and category of skill. Also there shall be annual health examination of one on completion of 45 years at the cost of the employer for every worker of factory, dock, mine and building and construction works.
The code also envisages every worker get journey allowance once a year for journey home. The rules also lay down strict control over the contractor supplying or engaging labour in more than one state. There are also rules to prohibit employment of labour on contrac in the core activities of an establishment. The contractor has to pay the wages monthly through bank transfer or electronic mode, within seven days of the wage period, meaning by every seventh of the month.
The rules also provide for calculation of the overtime, requiring a fraction of an hour between 15 and 30 minutes to be counted as 30 minutes.
They also envisage the safety of the workers, and lay down that no women shall be engaged before 6 am and beyond 7 pm, requiring their consent if they are to work beyond this time limit.



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