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The E-Shram portal will maintain a database of workers in the country’s unorganised sector. (Photo via the Union ministry of labour on Twitter)

E-Shram portal aims to document India's unorganised sector, details here

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2021 11:11 AM IST
The National Database of Unorganised workers (E-Shram) portal will be launched at 3:30pm today, according to the Union ministry of labour
The Centre is aiming to register 38 crore unorganised workers including construction labourers, migrant workforce, street vendors, and domestic workers among others. (PTI file photo)
The Centre is aiming to register 38 crore unorganised workers including construction labourers, migrant workforce, street vendors, and domestic workers among others. (PTI file photo)

Centre to launch e-SHRAM portal on Aug 26. Details here

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2021 09:44 AM IST
The portal will maintain a database of workers in the country’s unorganised sector. The workers will be able to register themselves on the portal shortly after its launch tomorrow, according to Union labour minister Bhupender Yadav.
Rush of migrant workers at Kaushambi bus stand opposite Anand Vihar bus terminus hours before the week-long lockdown, on Monday, April 19. (Raj K Raj /Hindustan Times)
Rush of migrant workers at Kaushambi bus stand opposite Anand Vihar bus terminus hours before the week-long lockdown, on Monday, April 19. (Raj K Raj /Hindustan Times)

Labour ministry kicks off survey on migrants using digital tools

By Zia Haq, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2021 01:15 AM IST
India has a rigorous system of conducting statistical surveys to capture a gamut of socio-economic data. But these are mostly done manually.
While there would be different minimum wages for different categories of jobs and these will vary according to geographical zones(HT File Photo)
While there would be different minimum wages for different categories of jobs and these will vary according to geographical zones(HT File Photo)

No delay in fixing floor wages: Labour ministry

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 03:12 AM IST
  • The fixing of the new wage benchmarks is mandated by the Code on Wages Bill passed in 2019. On June 3
. The provident fund contribution is required to be a proportion of 50 per cent of gross pay under the new codes.(Stock image: Getty for representation)
. The provident fund contribution is required to be a proportion of 50 per cent of gross pay under the new codes.(Stock image: Getty for representation)

Centre to soon implement new labour codes. Here's how it can affect your salary

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2021 03:03 PM IST
  • As per the new labour codes, allowances are capped at 50 per cent, which implies that half of the salary would be basic wages and contribution to provident fund is calculated as a percentage of basic wage that involves the basic pay and dearness allowance (DA).
In a statement, the labour ministry said the revised allowances will be a “major relief at a time when the country is struggling with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic”.(Reuters file photo)
In a statement, the labour ministry said the revised allowances will be a “major relief at a time when the country is struggling with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic”.(Reuters file photo)

Variable dearness allowance for 10.5 million central workers raised

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2021 07:21 AM IST
The increase in variable dearness allowance (VDA) is indexed to the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW), a price index compiled by the labour bureau.
Chandra said that the Centre valued privacy concerns of employees adding that WhatsApp and other social media would be excluded from the final standing orders.(REUTERS)
Chandra said that the Centre valued privacy concerns of employees adding that WhatsApp and other social media would be excluded from the final standing orders.(REUTERS)

Govt won’t use WhatsApp, other social media for salary communication

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 08:04 PM IST
Union labour secretary Apurva Chandra told Livemint on Thursday that the “anomaly will be corrected and the Centre will remove WhatsApp and other social media platforms from wage communication draft notification.”
Those working for 4 days will have to be given 3 days off by their employers while those working for 5 days will have to be given two off days before they move on to the next week, Chandra said.(HT file photo. Representative image)
Those working for 4 days will have to be given 3 days off by their employers while those working for 5 days will have to be given two off days before they move on to the next week, Chandra said.(HT file photo. Representative image)

Centre’s new labour codes to allow 4-day work per week

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 10:21 AM IST
Addressing a press briefing, Chandra said that the Centre was not forcing employers or employees to comply with the provision adding that this was being brought in to provide flexibility and to be in sync with changing work culture in the country.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar informed that the bureau will soon launch an 'All India Quarterly Survey' on Employment of Enterprises'.(ANI)
Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar informed that the bureau will soon launch an 'All India Quarterly Survey' on Employment of Enterprises'.(ANI)

Labour ministry likely to give shape to National Employment Policy by December

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 11:15 AM IST
The NEP will draw a broad road map for improving job opportunities in the country by various initiatives.
The model standing orders adopted in respect of an industrial establishment will also be applicable to all other units of the industrial establishment irrespective of location.(PTI file photo)
The model standing orders adopted in respect of an industrial establishment will also be applicable to all other units of the industrial establishment irrespective of location.(PTI file photo)

Labour ministry seeks feedback on draft model standing orders for manufacturing, mining, service sectors

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:23 PM IST
All three model standing orders encourage employers to use information technology in the dissemination of information to the workers through electronic mode.
Workers labour at a chassis assembly line on the Innova Crysta compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) production line at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. plant in Bidadi, Karnataka.(Bloomberg File Photo)
Workers labour at a chassis assembly line on the Innova Crysta compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) production line at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. plant in Bidadi, Karnataka.(Bloomberg File Photo)

Modi govt promoting new forms of ‘economic slavery’: Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:41 PM IST
“India abolished slavery centuries ago. Modi Government is Promoting New Forms of ‘Economic Slavery’ for Exploitation of Labour & Working Class,” Randeep Surjewala, national spokesperson of the grand old party wrote on Twitter.
Finalists Laiba (left) and B. Bharath at the debate held at Hyatt Regency.(HT photo)
Finalists Laiba (left) and B. Bharath at the debate held at Hyatt Regency.(HT photo)

Amid pandemic, caution meets passionate debate

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:57 AM IST
While the Covid-19 lockdown and the economic hardships arising out of it dominated the last round of Tuesday’s debate, the previous two rounds focused on the start-up culture and whether corporate jobs could be compared to slavery.
The plight of migrant workers, desperate to return home in the middle of the lockdown, sparked criticism of the Union government’s handling of the Covid crisis.(ANI file photo)
The plight of migrant workers, desperate to return home in the middle of the lockdown, sparked criticism of the Union government’s handling of the Covid crisis.(ANI file photo)

Centre plans to enrol 250 million migrants through its portal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 08:06 AM IST
The first-of-its-kind portal will be linked to various ongoing programmes, such as the medical care scheme Ayushman Bharat, or the subsidised ration scheme Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, and workers will be register directly through their through mobile phones, newly appointed Union labour secretary Apurva Chandra said.
WhatsApp helpline is now functional in all the 138 regional offices of EPFO.(HT File Photo)
WhatsApp helpline is now functional in all the 138 regional offices of EPFO.(HT File Photo)

EPFO launches WhatsApp helpline service

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka sarkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 10:51 AM IST
With WhatsApp emerging as a huge platform for communication in India, EPFO grabbed the extraordinary opportunity that the app provides to reach and communicate directly with all its stakeholders.
Migrants who arrived from Delhi on a Shramik Special board a local train at Danapur station to reach their destinations, in Patna, Bihar on May 23, 2020.(Santosh Kumar/HT file photo)
Migrants who arrived from Delhi on a Shramik Special board a local train at Danapur station to reach their destinations, in Patna, Bihar on May 23, 2020.(Santosh Kumar/HT file photo)

Covid-19: 97 died while travelling on Shramik trains, says Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 02:33 AM IST
The disclosure was made on Friday as a response to a question by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien in the Rajya Sabha. At the start of the monsoon session, a separate government department – the labour ministry – said it did not have data on how many migrant workers had died when the country locked down to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar (Photo: ANI)
Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar (Photo: ANI)

Firms with not less than 300 workers to fire staff without its nod, Govt proposes

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:36 PM IST
Currently, only those industrial establishments with less than 100 employees are permitted to hire and fire their staff without permission of the government.
Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)
Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)

Parliament monsoon session: 97 people died on-board Shramik trains, govt tells Rajya Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 02:05 PM IST
This was government’s response to question raised by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien in Rajya Sabha on Friday seeking details of total number of deaths that occurred on-board the Shramik Special trains since they started operating, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Personnel uses a thermal screening device on a driver at the entrance of Shastri Bhawan as central government offices have resumed working during the ongoing nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.(ANI File Photo)
Personnel uses a thermal screening device on a driver at the entrance of Shastri Bhawan as central government offices have resumed working during the ongoing nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.(ANI File Photo)

Ministries sanitise as employees test Covid-19 positive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 06:48 AM IST
As employees in several ministries have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, ministries are trying to take steps to control the spread of the pandemic by calling fewer staff, ensuring social distancing, and regular sanitization.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
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.
EPF contributions are paid as proportion of basic wages which include basic pay and DA.(HT Photo)
EPF contributions are paid as proportion of basic wages which include basic pay and DA.(HT Photo)

Employees’ PF contribution can go higher than 10%, not of employers: Labour ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2020 10:16 PM IST
Last week, Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the reduction of statutory provident fund contribution by both employers and employees for the next three months to 10 per cent of basic wages from 12 per cent.
The cast and crew of TV show Hamari Bahu Silk have revealed that they have not been paid for the last one year
The cast and crew of TV show Hamari Bahu Silk have revealed that they have not been paid for the last one year

TV actors fall prey to financial crisis amid lockdown, threaten suicide

Hindustan Times | By Juhi Chakraborty
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 07:59 PM IST
That Covid-19 crisis has hit several industries is now a fact largely known. But, with TV actors and technicians, in particular, crying foul over non-payment of dues, it has raised an alarm
With millions of migrant workers already returned home or keen to go back, industry bodies also asked for a programme for “return of these migrant labour to work by providing counselling to alleviate their fears on Covid-19(AP)
With millions of migrant workers already returned home or keen to go back, industry bodies also asked for a programme for “return of these migrant labour to work by providing counselling to alleviate their fears on Covid-19(AP)

Industry bodies urge move to boost jobs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 04:32 AM IST
The latest demands come after some states relaxed labour laws to woo fresh investments even as opposition parties and trade unions erupted in protests.
Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificate during lockdown, at Jambhulwadi road, near Telco colony, in Pune on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/ HT photo)
Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificate during lockdown, at Jambhulwadi road, near Telco colony, in Pune on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Ravindra Joshi/ HT photo)

India cases cross 50k, public transport may resume soon: Covid-19 news today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 08:03 AM IST
Here is a preview of the top Covid-19 news today from India and the world.
Stranded migrant workers seen at a shelter home affiliated PMC during lockdown in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Stranded migrant workers seen at a shelter home affiliated PMC during lockdown in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

In meet with labour ministry, trade unions say ‘cannot hold migrants captive’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 05:47 AM IST
The Centre has made an exception for the stranded people and allowed them to travel even as inter-state borders remain closed as part of the national lockdown.
Migrant labourers stays in a shelter provided by PMC at Indira Gandhi model school at Aundh in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT File Photo)
Migrant labourers stays in a shelter provided by PMC at Indira Gandhi model school at Aundh in Pune.(Milind Saurkar/HT File Photo)

Covid-19 update: Labour ministry helplines get over 10,000 distress calls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:38 AM IST
Ever since the ministry of home affairs announced trains to ferry stranded persons, that’s become the main theme of calls.
The employers have to declare the date of disbursement of wage for March, 2020 in the ECR for the month.
The employers have to declare the date of disbursement of wage for March, 2020 in the ECR for the month.

EPFO allows 30-day grace period to employers for filing e-challan for March

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 07:08 PM IST
The contributions towards social security schemes - run by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) - for March was due till April 15, which has been extended till May 15.
According to the statement, remittances have already started taking place. EPFO has settled these claims in the past 10 days.(Mint file photo)
According to the statement, remittances have already started taking place. EPFO has settled these claims in the past 10 days.(Mint file photo)

EPFO settles 1.37 lakh PF withdrawal claims worth around Rs 280 cr to ease lockdown woes

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 06:09 PM IST
Members, who have applied for claims in some other category, can also file for claim to fight the pandemic and depending upon the KYC compliance condition of each member, every effort is being made to settle claims at the earliest, the ministry said.
The notification permitted non-refundable withdrawal not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or up to 75% of the amount standing to the credit of their EPF account, whichever is less.(Mint file photo)
The notification permitted non-refundable withdrawal not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or up to 75% of the amount standing to the credit of their EPF account, whichever is less.(Mint file photo)

Coronavirus update: Govt relaxes rules, EPFO members can now withdraw non-refundable advance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 03:05 PM IST
The notification permitted non-refundable withdrawal not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or up to 75% of the amount standing to the credit of their EPF account, whichever is less.
In its communication, the Employees Provident Fund Organization has stated that officers and staff must process claims of EPF subscribers promptly so that relief reaches the worker and his/her family to help them fight with COVID-19.(Mint file photo)
In its communication, the Employees Provident Fund Organization has stated that officers and staff must process claims of EPF subscribers promptly so that relief reaches the worker and his/her family to help them fight with COVID-19.(Mint file photo)

Labour Ministry allows EPF withdrawal amid Covid-19 lockdown

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The ministry has issued a notification in this regard on March 28, 2020 to amend the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952, a labour ministry statement said.
The cumulative arrears to the EPFO are only till the end of March and may have increased since then.(Photo: Mint)
The cumulative arrears to the EPFO are only till the end of March and may have increased since then.(Photo: Mint)

Centre’s EPFO dues surge to 9,115 crore amid fiscal pressure

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant K Nanda
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 01:11 AM IST
The cumulative arrears to the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) are only till the end of March and have increased since then, a senior government official said on condition of anonymity.
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