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The Haryana Government has framed the ‘Self Certification Scheme’ for factories, shops and commercial establishments to liberalize the enforcement of labor laws.
The objective of this scheme is to reduce the visits of government officials for inspection to those units who opt for this scheme. This certificate, would hold testimony to the fact that these units do not compromise on safety, health, social security and welfare of the workers.
Following are the highlights on the Self Certificate Scheme:
The scheme is optional and any employer or entrepreneur, employing less than 250 workers can opt for this scheme. They can apply online and submit the application at the department’s website–www.hrylabour.gov.in
Discrepancies in the application or enclosures will be communicated to the applicant within 15 days from the receipt of the application.
The applicant would be considered as enrolled under the scheme, if no discrepancies were communicated. This scheme will be valid for five years.
The scheme would be valid for Factories Act, 1948, Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, Payment of Bonus Act 1965, Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, Shops & Commercial Establishments Act, 1958.
The scheme would be effective from the date of online submission of application.
Initially, the employer or entrepreneur may apply for the scheme till December 31, 2016. Subsequently, the application would be received only from January 1 to March 31 every year.
The factories which do not desire to opt for the scheme would continue to be inspected as per the departmental inspection policy.
Only five percent of the factories or establishments that are covered under the scheme are picked up randomly for inspection per year. (Once inspected, the same factory or ...
ESIC will be renumbering Rule 51-(A) as Rule 51A. The renumbered rule, will be followed by a new rule 51B. Rule 51B will state that,
In areas where the ESI Act is being implemented for the first time, the contributions made by the employer and employee for the first twenty four months, shall be as follows:
Employer has to contribute a sum equal to 3% of an employee’s wage
Employees have to contribute a sum equal to 1% of their wage
On completion of the first twenty four months, the usual rate of contribution will be applicable, that is,
Employer has to contribute a sum equal to 4.75% of an employee’s wage
Employees have to contribute a sum equal to 1.75% of their wage
Note: By the word sum, ESIC means a sum that is rounded to the next higher Rupee.
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The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015, has made the following enhancements:
The eligibility wage limit of Rs 10,000 per month, has been increased to Rs 21,000 per month. This means that employees whose Basic + DA, is less than or equal to Rs 21,000, are now eligible for a bonus.
The maximum amount that an employee can get as a bonus, has been changed from Rs. 3,500 to Rs.7,000 or the minimum wage for the scheduled employment (whichever is higher).
To know more about the Act and related information, Click here.
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