The important aspects of the labour laws are discussed below:
Every employer shall employ workers by giving appointment letter and identity card and maintain a service book for each employed worker.
Every establishment can have its own service rules regulating the employment of the workers but it shall not be contradicting to any provision of the labour laws and such service rules must get prior approval from the Chief Inspector.
A permanent employee may be terminated by giving the employee in writing one hundred and twenty days’ notice or four month wages in lieu of notice in case of a monthly rated employee and sixty days’ notice or two months wages in lieu of notice in case of other workers.
The employment of a temporary employee may be terminated by giving the employee in writing thirty days’ notice or one month wage in lieu of notice in case of a monthly rated employee and 14 days’ notice or 14 days’ wages in lien if the notice in case of other workers.
The minimum wages are fixed by the Minimum Wages Board and currently the Board has fixed the minimum wage rates for 41 industries. The rate is binding on all the concerned industries and any deviation or non-compliance shall result in penalties being imposed on the business in question.
Working Hours and leave
The daily working hours and the weekly working hours for an adult worker shall not be more than 8 hours and 48 hours respectively.
The workers are entitled to 10 days casual leave, 14 days sick leave, 11 days festival holidays and annual leave depending upon the period of employment with full wages.