-There was a lot of confusion regarding working hours as per the new wage bill.
-Clarifying the concern, the government officials informed that it is being considered to limit the working hours to 8 hours a day.
The Code on Wages bill was passed in August 2019 by Rajya Sabha while Lok Sabha had passed it in July 2019. Confusion had prevailed among the common people regarding working hours as the new wage code proposes 12 hours of daily work. Amidst all this, the government officials have informed that it is being considered that the working hours be limited to 8 hours a day.
Apart from this, it has also been said that any extra time spent beyond the working hours will be considered as overtime. If a worker spends 15 to 30 minutes beyond the 8 hour limit, it will be considered as half-hour overtime. Any further hour spent would be considered as overtime for which twice that of regular salary will be paid. The Bill will become and ACT after the Presidential assent.
Among the 4 ACTS being included in The Code on Wages Bill, The Payment of Wages ACT, 1936 is from the pre-independence era. Even The Minimum Wages Act is around 71 years old. The Ministry is considering to simplify, rationalise and unite various Labour Laws into 4 Labour Codes in line with recommendations of National Commission on Labour.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, had said that The Code on Wages is a historic bill which will ensure statuary protection for minimum wages and timely payment of wages to the workers of organised as well as unorganised sectors.
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