President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent has given his assent to The Labour Laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2015 which has provisions to ban strikes in public utility services for up to one year. Of the 65 State laws sent to the President this year, only 34 have got assent.
The Bill was sent for the President’s approval along with the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015, which is yet to get approval.
The President has also refused to give assent to the Sikkim Promotion of Local Employment Bill, 2008, which proposed 80 per cent employment in the private sector for people carrying the Sikkim Subject Certificate.
Key Facts of the " The Labour Laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2015 " :-
The Labour Laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Gujarat government to relax labour laws to give an impetus to industrialisation in the State.
Objection time limit :- The time limit for workers to raise objections to the decisions of the industries has been reduced to one year from three years.
Settlement of disputes :- Settlement of disputes between workers and the management would be “out of court” by compounding a certain amount of money in the government agency. For this, the government will charge up to Rs. 21,000 in penalty from the employer and give 75 per cent of the money to the affected employee or employees. This will bring quick solutions and reduce the burden on courts.
Payment :- It is mandatory to make payment in cheque instead of paying in cash for any firm which has more than 20 employees
- The new law allows employers to change the nature of job of the employees without prior notice to the employee.
- The Govt. can now ban strikes in public utility services for up to one year the first time.The ban can subsequently be extended up to two years any number of times.
- The law has amended the defination of "Contractor" to include "Outsourcing agency", which is some cases is the government itself.
The Bill proposes to lift restrictions on sacking of workers and payment of compensation for units located in Special Investment Regions and National Investment Regions and Manufcaturing Zones like permitted in Special Economic Zones.