India’s New Labour Codes Promise 4-Day Work Week

With the beginning of the next fiscal year in 2022, India is more likely to adopt new labour codes on wages, social security, occupational safety, industrial relations, and making the working culture better for employers and employees.

 

These codes are aimed at making the employment and work culture of the Indian laborers better in the country. These have multiple proposed changes in the codes, one of them being a 4-day work week,  starting next year.

However, the ministry has also made it clear that even if a 4 day work week is being approved 48 hours of work a week is a must. Thus to complete these many working hours would lead to 12 working hours a day. 

If these codes are approved and implemented successfully there will also be a reduction in the in-hand salary that an employee would receive. And the organizations will have to pay a higher provident fund liability. 

As per a report by Hindustan Times, the regulations restrict allowances to 50% that is half the salary would be basic wages and the other half will include provident funds and daily allowances in others. 

The report also suggested that the centre  has already finalized these rules and now it’s the states who need to make their field and implementation possible as labour is a concurrent subject.  

Following the nod from the centre, 13 states have published their first draft of rules and other states will soon follow them. Union labour Minister Bhupendra Yadav earlier this week in the Parliament also said the same. 

The central government brought in in four labour codes for which there needs to be a proper codification of rules. These came after an initiative by the government to work towards better working conditions for laborers, employees, and employers. 

The codes include the Code on Wages, 2019, the Industrial Relations Code, 2020, the Code on Social Security, 2020, and the Occupational Safety, Health, and Working Conditions Code, 2020.

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