There have been numerous questions and threads on the issue of maintenance of registers (electronic or otherwise) under various labour laws.
In Nov 2016, the Ministry of Labour and Employment had published draft rules, namely the "Ease of Compliance to Maintain Registers under various Labour Law Rules, 2016" vide G.S.R. 1048(E), dated, the 4th November 2016.
To the best of my knowledge, the rules were notified by the Central Govt on 21 Feb 17 vide Gazette notification No. 126 dated 21 Feb 2017 (Ease of Compliance to Maintain Registers under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017), attached for reference. This rule facilitates combining different registers and also allows for maintenance of electronic registers in respect of following laws:-
(i) Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 (27 of 1996);
(ii) Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (37 of 1970);
(iii) Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 (25 of 1976);
(iv) Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 (30 of 1979);
(v) Mines Act, 1952 (35 of 1952)
(vi) Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948);
(vii) Payment of Wages Act, 1936 (4 of 1936);
(viii) Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1976 (11 of 1976); and
(ix) Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 (45 of 1955).
To the best of my understanding, the gazette is already in force and we can maintain combined register as per this notification (that too electronically).
Has any one started implementing this in their organisations? Learned members of this forum may please comment on the current situation / applicability of this notification.
But Still all the Government authorities visiting to the factories where asking for same registers with same Act. That is the reason we are following same registers as per per all the applicable acts .
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