Honourable Supreme Court issues Notice on SLPs against Kerala High Court Judgement on Minimum Wage Rules

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices on two special leave petitions filed against a judgment of the Kerala High Court dealing with amendments brought to the Kerala Minimum Wages Rules.

The SLPs were filed by the State of Kerala and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The High Court had struck down an amendment brought to the Rules which mandated the payment of wages electronically through bank accounts.

However, the High Court rejected the challenge made by several private employers against other amendments brought through the Kerala Minimum Wages (Amendment) Rules 2015 regarding the maintenance of electronic records relating to the wage information of employees and uploading of the same through the ‘Wage Payment System” developed by the state department.

While the State Government filed approached the Supreme Court to the extent the High Court struck down the rule regarding electronic payment of wages, the TCS challenged the HC judgment to the extent it upheld the other amendments.

Senior Advocates Jaideep Gupta and JP Cama, appearing for the State and the TCS respectively, submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that both the parties were aggrieved with the judgment for different reasons.

The bench then issued notices on both the SLPs and posted the cases after eight weeks.

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