Employment Laws - A roundup on Central Acts due to COVID-19

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By Bhuvana Anand
2 minute read ● June 23, 2020
Central Acts due to COVID-19

Important notification from the Department of Labor and Employment to prevent spread of Corona Virus

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak caused unanticipated inevitable lock-down to prevent community spreading of this illness. During the series of lock-down measures, the Department of Labor and Employment have published certain notifications, press releases and web portal updates under various Central Acts and Rules framed thereunder to ease the statutory compliance by employers and to support employees.

GreytHR endeavors to update its customers with the statutory alerts and latest developments of Employment Laws in India.

Owing to the nationwide lock-down due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Labor and Employment, came in rescue to ease the burden of employers and support employees by bringing up several flexibility in the EPFO, ESIC, Minimum Wages compliance mechanism and also extended the validity of Licenses under the Contract Labor Act and Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act.


Accordingly, the EPFO provides the following:

Reduces The Contribution Rate To Ten Percent From Existing Rate Of Twelve Percent-18-05-20

Relief To Establishments From Levy Of Penalty For Delayed Deposit Of Dues -15-05-20

Employers DSC e-Sign Registration Of Authorized Signatories -06-05-20

Consolidated Guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs for Containment of COVID-19

Contribution Due Date Extended For The Month Of March 2020-15-04-20

Scheme Guidelines For Implementation Of PMGKY-10-04-20

Circular On Acceptance Of Alternative Documents As A Valid Proof Of Date Of Birth-03-04-20

Extension Of Non Refundable Advance To Members-27-03-20

Press Release On Advice To Avail Online Services Of EPFO -20-03-20

EPFO-Specific Process To Claim PF Advances

Instructions to Members for filing claims u/p 68 L

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) On Filing Of ECR And Payment Of Contributions

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Employers DSC / e-Sign in Lock-down Period

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Transfer of Claims for Employees

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on EPF Advance to fight Covid-19 Pandemic

For all clarifications, references related to EPF during COVID-19, click here.


Amendment Of Maternity Benefit Forms -18-05-20

Relaxation For Employers On Filing Contribution For The Period Of October 2019 To March 2020-18-05-20

Further Extension Of Time In Filing -14-04-20

Contribution Due Date Extended For The Month Of February 2020-13-04-20

One-time Relaxation For Employers On Filing Of Contribution For The Contribution Period April To September 2019-18-03-20

Extension Of Contribution -16-03-20

Mandatory Submission Of Mobile Number And Bank Account Details For Registration Under ESIC


The Central Minimum Wages Notification 1st April 2020 - 08-05-20

Extension of the Licenses validity under Contract Labour Act and Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act

The validity of licenses granted under the Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen (ISMW) Act-1979 have been extended up to 30.06.2020 for those licenses whose renewal falls in the months of March, April, May, & June 2020. However, the issuance of new licenses would keep continue as it is.To download / refer the notification, click here.

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