Centre publishes Draft Code on Wages (Central) Rules;invites Objections and Suggestions from public

Code on Wages, 2019, which subsumes four existing laws on labour wages – the Payment of
Wages Act, 1936; the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 was passed by Parliament last year. The code received the assent of the President on the 8th August, 2019. Section 67 of the Code empowers the appropriate Government, subject to the condition of previous publication, to make rules for carrying out the
provisions of this Code.

The draft notification deals with the following aspects: Manner of calculating the minimum rate
of wages, Floor Wages, Payment of wages and bonus, Constitution and powers of Central
Advisory Board, Payment of dues and claims.

These Rules, when notified, will supersede the following Rules: (i) Payment of Wages
(Procedure) Rules, 1937; (ii) Payment of Wages (Nomination) Rules, 2009; (iii) Minimum
Wages (Central) Rules, 1950; (iv) Minimum Wages (Central Advisory Board) Rules, 2011; (v)
Ease of Compliance to Maintain Register under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017 to the extent these rules are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 13 of the Equal
Remuneration Act, 1976 (25 of 1976), section 29 and section 30 of the Minimum Wages Act,
1948 (11 of 1948) and section 26 of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 (4 of 1936) and applicable
accordingly; (vi) Payment of Bonus Rules, 1975; (vii) Equal Remuneration Rules, 1976; and
(viii) Central Advisory Committee on Equal Remuneration Rules, 1991.

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