Industrial Relations And Labour Laws
Harshitha Ramananda
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We have set helpers, who will be involved in loading and unloading fruits and vegetables till these days we are paying them as normal salary as per minimum wages act and all statutory benefits given now. Now we are thinking to make payment as loading and unloading charges with out any PF or ESI benefit. Can we do that?
You have been paying statutory benefits like ESI and PF all these days.Now how can you withdraw it? You should continue to pay it. If you decide that we will make a gross payment including PF and ESi, then also the risk is that at a later stage when the enforcement officials demand that the contribution should be paid with retrospective effect, you will not be able to collect the employees' share and the entire contributions should be borne by you. Therefore, do not go for any change in the present system.
If the case is like, the headload workers are enrolled under the headload workers' welfare fund and now the Welfare Board will take care of their wages and social security contributions, then you can stop paying the ESi and EPF from your side and start paying the administration charges, which is covers the social security part, at prescribed rates to the Board.

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