Modi govt approves amendments of 3 labour laws

Amendments to the Factories Act include increasing the overtime limit for employees from 50 hours a quarter to 100 hours

Jul 31, 2014 04:07 IST India Infoline News Service

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to three labour laws. Among the major proposals approved is doing away with the clause that allows arrest of employers for not implementing the Apprenticeship Act.
Amendments to the Factories Act and the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act were also approved by the Union Cabinet.
Amendments to the Factories Act include increasing the overtime limit for employees from 50 hours a quarter to 100 hours, relaxing restrictions on night work for women in factories and empowering the central government to make rules on health and safety hazards.
Changes in the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act include reducing the need for small firms to maintain registers. The definition of small establishments has also been proposed to be changed to firms hiring up to 40 employees, against 10 currently.

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