Parliament has passed the Code on Wages Bill, 2019.The Bill has subsumed existing laws related to workers remuneration.
The bill will replace the (a)Payment of Wages Act,1936, (b)Minimum Wages Act,1948 (c)Payment of Bonus Act,1965 and the (d)Equal Remuneration Act,1976.
The bill makes it difficult for companies to bribe labour inspectors of their region for favourable decisions or ignoring violations.
Under the bill,labour inspectors will be computer-chosen and randomly assigned to factories in an attempt to check graft.Currently,labour inspectors are tied to specific regions,a practice that bred corruption.
The bill has also introduced changes in the inspection regime to be conducted by inspectors-cum-facilitators.
It includes (a)web-based randomized computerized inspection scheme (b)jurisdiction-free inspections (c)calling of information electronically for inspection (e)composition of fines among others.
Under the bill,the labour inspector can search, seize or take copies of such a register, record of wages or notices or portions thereof in respect of an offence under the Wage Code.