Madhu.T.K
Industrial Relations And Labour Laws

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Dear sir, If No one employee has worked in April 2020 due to lockdown and No one employee gets salary for the month of April 2020, Shall we file Nil Return (Nil Contribution) on particular month (i.e. April 2020) in PF & ESI until lockdown completes.
Please advise sir.

From India, Hyderabad
yes, we have to submit NIL returns both under PF and ESI
From India, Kannur
Employer has to pay wages & salary as per the Govt guidelines for payment during lock down period. When there is wage component how PF contribution would be Zero. If you are not paying any salary for the lock down period then PF & ESI contribution would be Zero.
From India, Mumbai
It is true that employer has to pay full salary during lockdown period. But if the employer fails to generate revenue how can he pay salary? The instruction given by the government following the provisions of Disaster Management Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the court has asked the government why the direction asking the private employers to pay full wages should not be stayed. In effect, the court is convinced that the government cannot direct the employers to pay full wages during lockdown period. True, if the employers don't pay, the very objective of the lockdown, ie, making the people stay at home, would be defeated. Please follow the link

Madhu T K: Liability of employers to pay salary during COVID 19 lockdown period

From India, Kannur
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