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India’s four-day work week

Date: 11 February 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

The Labour Ministry is considering giving flexibility to companies to have four working days instead of five or six.

 

Details

  • The proposed new labour codes could provide companies with the flexibility of four working days in a week, even as the working hours limit of 48 hours for a week will remain static.

  • This implies that there will be longer working hours if the working days are reduced. For instance, a four working day week will have to meet the 48-hour weekly work hours, resulting in daily shifts of 12 hours.

  • The Ministry of Labour and Employment is likely to complete the process to finalise the rules for four labour codes soon.

  • The provision of flexibility to have reduced working days of four days in the labour code rules will mean that companies will not require prior government nod to enact it.

  • When the new rules will provide flexibility of four working days, it would imply three paid holidays.

  • The ministry would is planning to bring into force the four Codes, viz., Code on Wages, Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) and Social Security Codes.

  • The ministry is in the final stage of amalgamating 44 central labour laws into four broad codes on wages, industrial relations, social security and OSH. The ministry wants to implement all four codes in one go.

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