The state has tabled a Bill, which will make it compulsory for employers to pay monthly salaries of Rs 3,000 and more by crossed cheques drawn in favour of the employee person or by crediting the salary to the employees’ bank accounts.
The amendment to the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, and the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, will be termed as the Payment of Wages and Minimum Wages (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2010.
The Bill was tabled in the legislative Council on Friday.
“Employees are exploited by employers who do not pay or pay part of the amount of salary under the said Act,” Minister of State for Labour, Hasan Mushrif, said.
“This Bill has been moved to curb such unfair labour practices.” Paying salaries by cheque will ensure the payment is on record.
The amendment is applicable to all employees, who are in continuous service in factories, industries or other establishments, drawing monthly wages of Rs 3,000 or more. It does include agricultural labourers.
The Act presently stipulates that payment can be made in cash if an employee has submitted a written authorization to the organisation to do so.