Nov. 29, 2019

The Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment introduced The Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.


  • The draft code on Industrial Relations has been prepared after amalgamating and simplifying the relevant provisions of following three Central Labour Acts:
    • The Trade Unions Act, 1926

    • The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946

    • The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947

  • Features:
    • Setting up of two-member tribunal (in place of one member) and introducing a concept that some of the important cases will be adjudicated jointly and the rest by a single member resulting speedier disposal of cases.

    • To impart flexibility to the exit provisions, for which, the threshold for prior approval of appropriate Government has been kept unchanged at 100 employees, but added a provision for changing ‘such number of employees’ through notification.

    • The re-skilling fund, is to be utilised for crediting to workers in the manner to be prescribed.

    • Definition of Fixed Term Employment and that it would not lead to any notice period and payment of compensation on retrenchment excluded.

    • Vesting of powers with the government officers for adjudication of disputes involving penalty as fines thereby lessening the burden on tribunal.

Source : The Hindu