The draft of Code on Wages (Central) Rules, 2020 by the Central Government is open for public opinion in the form of objections and suggestions.
Last year, Parliament had passed Code on Wages, 2019 and received the assent of the President on the 8th August, 2019, containing four existing laws on labour wages – the Payment of Wages Act, 1936; the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. The subject to the condition of previous publication, appropriate Government is to make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Code under Section 67 of the Code.
Aspects of the manner of calculating the minimum rate of wages, Floor Wages, Payment of wages and bonus, Constitution and powers of Central Advisory Board, Payment of dues and claims have been dealt in the draft notification.
The Present Code on wages Rules, when notified, will supersede the following Rules: (i) Payment of Wages (Procedure) Rules, 1937; (ii) Payment of Wages (Nomination) Rules, 2009; (iii) Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950; (iv) Minimum Wages (Central Advisory Board) Rules, 2011; (v) Ease of Compliance to Maintain Register under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017 to the extent these rules are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 13 of the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 (25 of 1976), section 29 and section 30 of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948) and section 26 of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, (4 of 1936) and applicable accordingly; (vi) Payment of Bonus Rules, 1975; (vii) Equal Remuneration Rules, 1976; and (viii) Central Advisory Committee on Equal Remuneration Rules, 1991.
Within forty five days, Objections and suggestions, in this regard of code on wages, can be addressed to Shri M. A. Khan, Deputy Director([email protected]), and Smt. RachanaBolimera, Assistant Director ([email protected]), Government of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001.