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Today, the world is in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While a worldwide containment effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 is on, stock markets continue to struggle, and companies are dealing with the challenges of lockdowns and ensuring the safety of their employees. All of this while working to support customers and to plan for an uncertain road ahead. The crisis is testing the agility, strategic decision making, and resilience of leaders everywhere.

The outbreak has presented new roadblocks for the workforce, and India is no different. The International Labor Organisation has called for urgent, large-scale, and coordinated measures across three pillars – protecting workers in the workplace, stimulating the economy and employment, and supporting jobs and incomes. The central and state governments have been issuing advisories on a regular basis, to provide directions on workforce management.

The directives from various jurisdictions, through the last week, have been summarized here:

Jurisdiction: Madhya Pradesh

Date of Issue: May 05, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

Government of Madhya Pradesh vide Gazette notification has provided an exemption to various laws such as Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Madhya Pradesh Rules, 1973, The Madhya Pradesh Factories Rules, 1962, The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Relation Act, 1960, The Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishment, Act 1958 in the state. Below are the brief extracts to the notification 1)Various provisions under the Factories Act 1948 and Madhya Pradesh factory Rules,1962 have been exempted for three months, except section 6, 7, 8, section 21 to 41-H under chapter 4 about safety, section 59, section 65, section 67, section 79, section 88, section 112 and rules made thereunder 2) Contract Labour license validity has been extended till the period of the contract 3) Exemption from provisions of inspection of factories and recognizing third party inspection for non-hazardous category factories employing up to fifty workers. Such factories shall submit the certification carried out by a third party, authorised by the labour commissioner, Madhya Pradesh, to the inspector having jurisdiction before 31st January of every year. 4) Industries of the states are exempted from the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act 1947 except Chapter V-A, Section 25-N,25-O,25-P,25-Q and 25-R of Chapter V-B for next one thousand days 5) Exemption to major industries such as Garments, Iron and steel, Electrical goods, Sugar and its by-products, Cement, Electricity generation, Public motor transport, Engineering including the manufacture of Motor vehicle, potteries, chemical, leather tanneries, from Madhya Pradesh Industrial relations Act. 6) Shops and establishment exemption to operate 24/7 has been suspended and no shops or commercial establishment situated in the local areas may open earlier than 06:00 A.M and be kept open later than 12:00 P.M.


Jurisdiction: Central

Date of Issue: April 01, 2020 | Valid Through: NA

As per notification No. 1/VDA(3)/2O2O-LS-II, the Government of India has released Minimum Wages for the Central sphere effective 1st April 2020.

 


Jurisdiction: Uttar Pradesh

Date of Issue: May 08, 2020 | Valid Through: 3 Years

Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has formulated and cleared an ordinance that suspends most of the labor laws for a period of three years. The decision has been taken to revive the state’s economy that has been disrupted due to the coronavirus-mandated lockdown by luring industrialists. All labour laws except these will be suspended Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976; Employee Compensation Act, 1923 Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 (safety, health and welfare measures); and Section 5 of Payment of Wages Act, 1936 (ensure timely payment of daily wages).


Jurisdiction: Karnataka

Date of Issue: May 03, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

The government of Karnataka has issued measures to be implemented and guidelines to be adhered to by establishments located Karnataka. Please refer notification for more details.


Jurisdiction: Central

Date of Issue: May 07, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

Keeping in view the COVID situation and to further ease the compliance procedure, EPFO has decided to accept KYC attestation, transfer claim attestation, etc through email also. An employer can send the scanned copy of the duly signed request letter to the concerned Regional Office through the mail. Official email addresses of the Regional Offices are available at www.epfindia.gov.in.


Jurisdiction: Haryana

Date of Issue: May April 30, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

Extension Of Working Hours For Factories in Haryana


Jurisdiction: Uttarakhand

Date of Issue: May April 30, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

Extension Of Working Hours For Factories In Uttarakhand


Jurisdiction: Punjab

Date of Issue: May April 30, 2020 | Valid Through: No effective end date available

Government of Punjab, as per notification number No.ST/9408 had released the Minimum Wages for the State effective from 1st March 2020. In pursuance to the same, the Government of Punjab considering the emergent economic situation arising out of COVID-19 has issued an order withdrawing the notification number No.ST/9408 published on 1st May 2020 revising minimum wages effective 1st March 2020. Hence employer may continue to follow the existing minimum wages prevailing prior to the withdrawn notification till further notice from the Government of Punjab


Jurisdiction: Central

Date of Issue: May April 30, 2020 | Valid Through: Effective from April 1, 2020 (Release date May 8, 2020)

Government of Punjab, as per notification number No.ST/9408 had released the Minimum Wages for the State effective from 1st March 2020. In pursuance to the same, the Government of Punjab considering the emergent economic situation arising out of COVID-19 has issued an order withdrawing the notification number No.ST/9408 published on 1st May 2020 revising minimum wages effective 1st March 2020. Hence employer may continue to follow the existing minimum wages prevailing prior to the withdrawn notification till further notice from the Government of Punjab

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