Before recommending the same, please check the minimum wages applicable to your state..you can get this information from labour office for the following grades unskilled, semi-skilled & Skilled and add the statutory benefits like PF & ESIC which would be deducted..
Mr. Rajat Joshi is obviously right. Your establishment is/has to be covered under the Shop & Commercial Establishment Act" of the State in which you operate.
Then there is also the Minimum Wages Act . Under this act employment in various schedules (industries) are included for which the State Govet. has fixed and announced "Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW)" for different categories and different regions pointed out by Rajat. The SMW has two components-Minimum Rate of Wage (MRW) and the Special Allowance (SA). While the MRW changes only when the State Govt appointed Minimum Wage reviews the MRW for various industries (generally at a frequency of about 4 to 5 years), the SA changes every six months as it is a variable payment linked to cost of living and is in the nature of a Dearness Allowance.
The law warrants that at no point of time any employer may wages lesser that the stipulated SMW for his schedule, his region and any concerned grade. Therefore the wages you fix for the concerned staff have to be SMW or above at all times!
June 23, 2006
In UP the Min wages for house keeping and helper grade is 2715 applicable from 1 april 2006 and you are paying Rs 2000 per month which may create problem. So please check up your state min wages circular. you can get it from labour department.