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The government imposed a nationwide lockdown from March 25, which had an adverse impact on economic activities and resulted in exodus of migrant workers from large cities to their homes in the hinterland.(AP)

Labour codes to herald new wave of reforms in 2021; job creation likely to be major challenge

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:12 PM IST
As a part of legislative reforms, codification of existing central labour laws into four labour codes is now a reality. These legislative reforms are in sync with the transformed work environment and seek to achieve the objective of securing the basic rights of the workers.
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Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) (HT Photo)
Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) (HT Photo)

EPFO is in ‘worrying state’, CPI MP Viswam writes to labour minister

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 02:41 PM IST
In his letter to MoS (Labour) Santosh Gangwar, Viswam urged the minister to raise minimum pension, computation cap on pension
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Going forward, these rights will need an active labour movement, and a vigilant judiciary, to guarantee their continued existence(HT PHOTO)
Going forward, these rights will need an active labour movement, and a vigilant judiciary, to guarantee their continued existence(HT PHOTO)

By elevating labour rights to human rights, the SC opens a door, writes Gautam Bhatia

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 07:15 PM IST
The importance of the SC’s judgment in Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha lies in its elevation of labour rights to the status of basic human rights, which majoritarian governments are, under the Constitution, obligated to respect, and cannot erase with the stroke of a pen
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A need was felt to simplify the labour laws and make them in tune with the current economic environment.(HT file photo)
A need was felt to simplify the labour laws and make them in tune with the current economic environment.(HT file photo)

India needed labour law reform. Now implement them | Opinion

By VS Pandey
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 10:26 AM IST
The labour reform bills that replace archaic labour laws with codes have been pending for a long time.
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The National Democratic Alliance government has now merged 29 central laws into four codes.(HT Photo)
The National Democratic Alliance government has now merged 29 central laws into four codes.(HT Photo)

Understanding the new labour codes

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 12:11 AM IST
The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, bring new rules for hiring and firing of labour in mid-sized and large industries, making retrenchment easier.
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The discussion also comes at a time when India’s public procurement rulebook has been rewritten for compulsory purchase preference to local suppliers.(Bloomberg)
The discussion also comes at a time when India’s public procurement rulebook has been rewritten for compulsory purchase preference to local suppliers.(Bloomberg)

Make in India may get funding boost

By Utpal Bhaskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 05:03 AM IST
The proposal was discussed by an informal Group of Ministers (GoM) on manufacturing against the backdrop of the Union government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat, or self-reliant India, strategy.
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Disempowering labour through poorly conceptualised reforms will only exacerbate other economic and governance challenges. The growth-versus-labour rights binary is false(PTI)
Disempowering labour through poorly conceptualised reforms will only exacerbate other economic and governance challenges. The growth-versus-labour rights binary is false(PTI)

A blueprint to protect labour rights without constraining capital | Opinion

By Yamini Aiyar and Maitreesh Ghatak
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 08:07 PM IST
Take into account State capacity, new economic realities, and the informality of the labour markets
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With Parliament and assemblies not in session, the executive has been pushing new legislations. But for laws to be effective, they have to be carefully made, regularly sharpened, and judiciously used(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
With Parliament and assemblies not in session, the executive has been pushing new legislations. But for laws to be effective, they have to be carefully made, regularly sharpened, and judiciously used(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

A three-fold test for new legislations | Analysis

By Chakshu Roy
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 07:20 PM IST
Has it been subject to scrutiny? How will it be implemented? Is it appropriate for the issue?
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The Labour Ministry is examining a set of radical changes made by Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to their labour laws, including moves to freeze them altogether.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
The Labour Ministry is examining a set of radical changes made by Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to their labour laws, including moves to freeze them altogether.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

States’ labour law changes under central govt scanner

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 04:30 AM IST
Under the Constitution, labour falls under the concurrent list, which means the Union government and states have joint jurisdiction. Therefore, changes by state need to be ratified by at the federal level.
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None of the ordinances has received approval from President Ram Nath Kovid, according to people with knowledge of the matter. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
None of the ordinances has received approval from President Ram Nath Kovid, according to people with knowledge of the matter. (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)

President Kovind yet to approve labour law changes

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 03:05 AM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states passed ordinances to give effect to various changes, some of which effectively suspend labour laws.
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The BMS has also criticised several state governments, including the BJP-ruled Gujarat for failing to address the concerns of the migrant workers, pointing out that while the union government has issued directive to all states to provide transport facilities, workers are continuing to walk back home.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The BMS has also criticised several state governments, including the BJP-ruled Gujarat for failing to address the concerns of the migrant workers, pointing out that while the union government has issued directive to all states to provide transport facilities, workers are continuing to walk back home.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh protests against changes to labour laws, petitions President

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 06:38 PM IST
Workers associated with the BMS held a demonstration and submitted a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to put a halt to the changes announced by the states.
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The government’s response to the crisis scores reasonably well in the context of what is needed in the medium-term, extremely well in the context of what is needed in the long-term, but poorly when it is evaluated against the immediate needs and concerns of individuals and businesses(Bloomberg)
The government’s response to the crisis scores reasonably well in the context of what is needed in the medium-term, extremely well in the context of what is needed in the long-term, but poorly when it is evaluated against the immediate needs and concerns of individuals and businesses(Bloomberg)

The package lacks focus on the immediate| Opinion

By Chanakya | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 10:28 AM IST
If the government focuses on demand, and does enough to put more cash in the hands of people and businesses, coupled with the medium- and long-term measures already announced, the Indian economy will survive 2020-21, recover in 2021-22, and jump to a different level of growth after that
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With one stroke, 38 laws were made defunct in UP for 1,000 days, and only section 5 of Payment of Wages Act 1934, Construction Workers Act 1996, Compensation Act 1993 and Bonded Labour Act 1976 remain functional,(AFP)
With one stroke, 38 laws were made defunct in UP for 1,000 days, and only section 5 of Payment of Wages Act 1934, Construction Workers Act 1996, Compensation Act 1993 and Bonded Labour Act 1976 remain functional,(AFP)

Trade unions to go on strike on May 22 to protest against labour laws suspension

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2020 06:04 PM IST
While Uttar Pradesh has suspended major labour laws, Madhya Pradesh has tweaked some rules amid the lockdown to spur economic activities.
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According to a BMS functionary, demonstrations will be held in districts and industrial estates, while observing social distance norms, against the decision to freeze labour laws and increase working hours in several states.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
According to a BMS functionary, demonstrations will be held in districts and industrial estates, while observing social distance norms, against the decision to freeze labour laws and increase working hours in several states.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh calls for nationwide protest against labour laws on May 20

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 04:37 PM IST
The labour wing of RSS also condemned a decision by states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Goa to increase working hours from eight to 12 hours.
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Former CM and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy said that CM B S Yediyurappa should act in the interest of the people of the state instead of trying to please the Central government or BJP party bosses.(PTI)
Former CM and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy said that CM B S Yediyurappa should act in the interest of the people of the state instead of trying to please the Central government or BJP party bosses.(PTI)

Karnataka: Yediyurappa govt warned against ordinance to amend labour laws

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 11:54 PM IST
Speaking at two separate press conferences, the Congress and the JDS leaders said they would protest any move to dilute or amend the existing laws without a discussion.
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Migrant workers travelling to Madhya Pradesh walk from Ghazipur to their hometowns during lockdown in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Migrant workers travelling to Madhya Pradesh walk from Ghazipur to their hometowns during lockdown in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Some states put freeze on labour laws to get business going

By Zia Haq, Saubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 02:48 AM IST
The changes give industries more flexibility in hiring and firing employees, determining their wages, and reduce their liabilities in terms of providing employee benefits.
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The BMS, which claims the affiliation of over 6,000 labour unions, said it would urge the Centre to prevail upon the state governments to roll back their ‘labour-unfriendly’ decisions.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
The BMS, which claims the affiliation of over 6,000 labour unions, said it would urge the Centre to prevail upon the state governments to roll back their ‘labour-unfriendly’ decisions.(Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

RSS labour wing criticises move to amend labour laws amid Covid-19 outbreak

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 03:33 PM IST
In a bid to woo investors to their respective states and make a desperate bid to emerge as an alternative manufacturing hub to China amid the Covid-19 crisis, both MP and UP announced a raft of changes to their labour laws this week.
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A parliamentary panel has suggested that a worker should be entitled to compensation equal to 30-day wages and a reskilling fund if he or she is retrenched but employers should not be liable to pay in case of the closure of an industrial unit(HT Photo)
A parliamentary panel has suggested that a worker should be entitled to compensation equal to 30-day wages and a reskilling fund if he or she is retrenched but employers should not be liable to pay in case of the closure of an industrial unit(HT Photo)

House panel backs 30-day salary for retrenched staff

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 03:06 AM IST
The proposed law is one of the four labour reforms aimed at simplifying myriad and archaic labour laws and to make the sector more attractive for investors.
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Salary cuts by at least 30% to 50% will be enforced by the industry as it looks to reduce its expenditures to sustain during the nationwide lockdown.
Salary cuts by at least 30% to 50% will be enforced by the industry as it looks to reduce its expenditures to sustain during the nationwide lockdown.

Chandigarh industry stares at layoffs, pay cuts for sustainability amid Covid-19 lockdown

By Munieshwer A Sagar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 02:19 PM IST
There are around 3,000 medium and small scale manufacturing and service sector units in the city’s twin industrial areas employing around 30,000 workers
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The Code on Social Security, 2019, seeking to consolidate laws relating to the social security of employees, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/ LSTV TV Grab)
The Code on Social Security, 2019, seeking to consolidate laws relating to the social security of employees, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/ LSTV TV Grab)

Social security code bill tabled in Lok Sabha

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 05:50 AM IST
With this code, the Centre will be able to fix provident fund contributions to be made by employees in different sectors and provide for payment of gratuity to fixed-term employees.
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PM Modi has shown he has the intent and has a plan. With his overwhelming personal popularity and political majority, it is time to build on these reforms(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
PM Modi has shown he has the intent and has a plan. With his overwhelming personal popularity and political majority, it is time to build on these reforms(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Modi’s governance philosophy

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 08:17 PM IST
The prime minister believes structural reforms will yield results
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Many of India’s unicorns have created wealth for their investors, and become huge employment-generators(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Many of India’s unicorns have created wealth for their investors, and become huge employment-generators(SHUTTERSTOCK)

Making the journey from job seekers to job creators | Analysis

By Lloyd Mathias
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2019 07:53 PM IST
Encourage education, enable easy access of funds, and nurture a culture of risk-taking for the economy to bloom
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The law, as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stressed, ensures that these contractual workers are treated the same was as permanent ones(PTI)
The law, as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman stressed, ensures that these contractual workers are treated the same was as permanent ones(PTI)

Labour laws: A step forward | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2019 07:43 PM IST
The government has done well by pushing through reforms
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India’s existing labour law regime is celebrated neither by workers nor employers. The former hold that most of the regulations meant to protect them are never implemented in reality. The latter see the labour laws as a disincentive to modernise and expand production(AFP)
India’s existing labour law regime is celebrated neither by workers nor employers. The former hold that most of the regulations meant to protect them are never implemented in reality. The latter see the labour laws as a disincentive to modernise and expand production(AFP)

What the raising of minimum wages means | HT editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 08:38 PM IST
In theory, it’s a good move. But how it is implemented on the ground will be key
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk violated national labour laws, according to a Californian judge.(Reuters photo)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk violated national labour laws, according to a Californian judge.(Reuters photo)

‘Tesla CEO Musk violated national labour laws,’ says US Judge

By Indo Asian News Service | San Francisco
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2019 01:44 PM IST
The judge determined that Elon Musk’s tweets violated the law when he implied that workers who unionised would have to give up company-paid stock options, reports TechCrunch.
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India’s labour laws are complex and cumbersome and the government’s plan is to simplify them into four codes: wages; OSH; industrial relations; and social security. (PTI photo)
India’s labour laws are complex and cumbersome and the government’s plan is to simplify them into four codes: wages; OSH; industrial relations; and social security. (PTI photo)

After wage code, labour safety on Cabinet table

By Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 05:43 AM IST
If cleared by the Cabinet, this will be the second major labour reform approved by the government.
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Elaborating on “virtuous cycle”, she said the government’s policy measures would also increase wages, and money will reach the rural poor through direct benefit transfer.(HT Photo)
Elaborating on “virtuous cycle”, she said the government’s policy measures would also increase wages, and money will reach the rural poor through direct benefit transfer.(HT Photo)

Labour reforms, public expenditure on infra to boost economy, says Sitharaman

By Rajeev Jayaswal | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 10:43 PM IST
Sitharaman said other measures, including policy push to micro, small and medium sector, focus on rural economy, affordable housing and labour reforms would kick in a process of virtuous cycle and pep up consumption.
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These figures are based on an analysis of the 2016-17 Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) database. The relative contribution of newer firms on such indicators is much better in the economy.(HT Photo)
These figures are based on an analysis of the 2016-17 Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) database. The relative contribution of newer firms on such indicators is much better in the economy.(HT Photo)

Budget 2019: ‘Dwarf firms’ a drag on economy, says Economic Survey

By Vineet Sachdev | industan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 10:36 AM IST
The Survey argues that the existing regulatory framework has encouraged firms to remain small and inefficient (and producing sub-standard goods) through quotas (some products are reserved for MSMEs), labour laws, and priority sector lending norms.
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After a delay of three days, Gurugram University will commence the online registration process for admission to its 22 courses from Saturday, June 1.(Yogesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
After a delay of three days, Gurugram University will commence the online registration process for admission to its 22 courses from Saturday, June 1.(Yogesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Online admission to Gurugram University to start from today

By HT Correspondent | Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 01:12 AM IST
The online submission of forms will continue till July 2 and the first cutoff list will be released by the university on July 9. Submission of fees will be completed by July 10.
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Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were last week declared landslide winners of India’s general election with an increased majority in the Lok Sabha.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were last week declared landslide winners of India’s general election with an increased majority in the Lok Sabha.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

India to see ‘big-bang’ reforms in Modi’s second term, says NITI Aayog official

By Reuters | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 12:49 PM IST
The reforms will include changes in labour laws, privatisation moves, and creation of land banks for new industrial development, said Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of NITI Aayog (National Institute for Transforming India), who reports directly to Modi.
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