Latest Compliance Updates For Centre

Industry engaged in the services in any oilfield continue to be a Public Utility Service for next 6 months under the Industrial Disputes Act

07 Jul, 2021

The Central Government had notified that the industry engaged in the services in any oilfield (item 17 of the First Schedule to the ID Act), to be a Public Utility Service (PUS) for the purposes of the said Act with effect from 12 October 2020 (Ministry of Labour and Employment, number S.O. 3549(E), dated the 12th October, 2020).

The Government has further declared that the said industry continue to be a PUS for next six months with effect from 07 July 2021.

🏷️ Industrial Disputes Act

Iron and Steel Industry continue to be a Public Utility Service for next 6 months under the Industrial Disputes Act

07 Jul, 2021

The Central Government had notified the services engaged in the Iron and Steel Industry (item 7 of the First Schedule of the ID Act) to be a Public Utility Service (PUS) for a period of six months effective from 18 January 2021 (Ministry of Labour and Employment number S.O. 226 (E), dated 18th January, 2021).

The Government has further notified the said industry continue to be a PUS for another six months with effect from 18 July 2021.

🏷️ Industrial Disputes Act

Madhya Pradesh launches special campaign for License & Registration Under Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act

30 Jun, 2021

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has directed all jurisdictional officers to run a special campaign from 01 July to 31 July 2021 for the registration of major employers and license to the contractor under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. Also, it has directed them to make all the employers or institutions and labour organizations aware of instructions as mentioned in the circular.

🏷️ Inter-State Migrant Workers Act

Aatmanirbhar Wage Subsidy Scheme via EPFO extended till 31 March 2022

28 Jun, 2021

The Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana (ABRY) scheme launched on 01 October 2020 has been extended till 31 March 2022. The Government has launched the ABRY scheme last year to incentivise employers for creating new employment and restoration of employment loss through EPFO.

🏷️ PF Act

EPF, Pension, EDLI security benefits to children of COVID victims

24 Jun, 2021

EPFO has requested all employers to submit/forward the list of employees of their organisation who have lost their lives due to the COVID -19 pandemic disease in prescribed format to provide the applicable social security benefits to the surviving dependants.

🏷️ PF Act

More Notifications

Karnataka High Court orders emergent notice to UOI and EPFO on mandatory Aadhar seeding

17 Jun, 2021
The Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka being convinced on the practical difficulties faced by the employers and employees for seeding the Aadhar details with EPFO. After hearing the petitioner’s submissions, it has issued an emergent notice to the respondents – Union of India & EPFO.
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Aadhar seeding deferred by 3 months and will be effective from 01 September 2021

15 Jun, 2021
The mandatory requirement of Aadhar seeding for filing ECR has been deferred by 3 months, with the effective date being 01 September 2021.

Center proposes Draft Rules to set up Technical Committees under OSH & WC Code

15 Jun, 2021
The Draft Rules under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 are notified to set up the Technical Committee. This Draft Notification will be taken into consideration after the expiry of 45 days from the date on which the copies of published notifications in the Official Gazette are made available to the public. Any objections and suggestions may be addressed to the Under Secretary in a proforma as prescribed before the expiry of 45 days.

ESI announces the coverage for casual and contractual employees of municipal bodies

10 Jun, 2021
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has announced the decision to extend ESI coverage to all casual and contractual workers working the municipal bodies. The coverage shall be extended to those casual and contractual employees, agencies, establishments which are within the implemented areas already notified under the ESI Act.

Registration, renewal compliances exempted for 3 months under BOCW Act in Delhi

09 Jun, 2021
The Delhi Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (DBOCWWB) by its order exempts certain compliances under the Building and Other Construction Works (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act relating to registration, renewal, annual contribution and any late fee or penalty applicable are waived off for a period of 3 months from the date of the attached order.

Authorities to inspect the Units and Establishments permitted to operate in Karnataka during COVID 19

08 Jun, 2021
The permitted Units, Establishments of essential commodities, export oriented units, factories, boilers will have surprise inspections to check the standard operating procedures.

Draft of the Social Security (Employee's Compensation)(Central) Rules, 2021

03 Jun, 2021
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has notified the draft rules related to Employee’s Compensation under the Code on Social Security. Any objections and suggestions are required to be submitted within a period of 45 days from the date of notification.

ESIC announces the COVID 19 Relief Scheme

03 Jun, 2021
ESI will pay the periodic payments to the eligible dependant family members if the Insured Person’s death is due to COVID 19. This scheme is effective from 24 March 2020 for a period of 2 years.

EPFO Message on mandatory Aadhar seeding of contributory members

01 Jun, 2021
Employers shall seed the Aadhar numbers of PF contributing members and verify it with UANs to file the ECR with effect from 01 June 2021.

Employers are advised to allow nursing mothers to WFH for one year after child birth

01 Jun, 2021
The employers are advised to allow the nursing mothers in the workforce to work from home for at least year from the date of their childbirth.

EPFO allows its members to avail second COVID 19 advance

31 May, 2021
Under the EPF Scheme, the member employees can avail second non-refundable advance from their PF account.

Additional benefits under ESI and EPF EDLI schemes for workers’ family dependants

30 May, 2021
The family dependants of Insured Persons (IP) under the ESI scheme, who have been registered in the online portal of the ESIC prior to their diagnosis of COVID disease and subsequent death due to the disease, will be entitled to receive the same benefits and in the same scale as received by the dependents of insured persons who die as a result of employment injury, subject to certain conditions. Under the EPFO’s Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme all surviving dependent family members of the members of this scheme are eligible to avail benefits of EDLI in case of death in harness of the member.

ESI provisions partially come into force in Erode District, Tamil Nadu from 01 June 2021

28 May, 2021
TWith effect from 01 June 2021, the provisions of Contributions, Benefits, and Adjudication of Dispute and Claims under chapter IV, V, and VI of the ESI Act, respectively are enforced by the Central Government in Erode District of Tamil Nadu to extend the benefits in this COVID 19 pandemic to face the requirements.

Uttarakhand extends the working hours for Essential Commodities, Pharmaceutical Factories

25 May, 2021
The Government of Uttarakhand due to COVID 19 pandemic, has extended the working hours in factories related to essential commodities and pharmaceutical manufacturers up to 12 hours in a day. This notification will be effective for a period of 60 days from the date of issue.

ESIC Pensioners Medical Scheme - Revised Guidelines

25 May, 2021
ESIC has published revised guidelines for entry to the ESIC's Pension Medical Scheme (PMS), regulation of Fixed Medical Allowance payment, eligibility of Super Speciality Medical Treatment, modalities for providing medical treatment to the beneficiaries, provision of tie-up arrangement with private hospitals, etc.

ESI provisions partially come into force in West Bengal

21 May, 2021
With effect from 01 June 2021, the provisions of Contributions, Benefits, and Adjudication of Dispute and Claims under chapter IV, V, and VI of the ESI Act, respectively are enforced by the Central Government in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Kalimpong, Purulia, North & South Dinajpur Districts of West Bengal to extend the benefits in this COVID 19 pandemic to face the requirements. The enabled provisions of ESI Act are: Chapter IV - provisions of Contributions except sections 44, 45 Chapter V - provisions of Benefits Chapter VI - provisions of Adjudications of Dispute and Claims except sections 76(1), 77,78,79 and 81. The medical benefits (as laid down in Regulation 95-A of the Employees’ State Insurance (General) Regulations and the West Bengal Employees' State Insurance (Medical Benefit) Rules, 1955)shall be extended to the families of insured persons in the entire area of Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Kalimpong, Purulia, North & South Dinajpur Districts of West Bengal.

Clarification from MoHFW on vaccination drive

21 May, 2021
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has clarified to consider the coverage of family members and dependents of the workers in the Employers driven vaccinations.

ESIC clarifies Aadhar not a mandate to claim benefits

20 May, 2021
ESIC has clarified that the insured persons under the ESI Act shall not be denied any benefit for the want of Aadhar.

Delhi mandates principal employers to register inter-state migrant workers

14 May, 2021
All the principal employers employing or have employed during last 12 months, the workers through outsourcing, should mandatorily register with the Labour Department of NCT Delhi at https://edistrict.delhigovt.nic.in.

ESIC extends contribution filing for April to 15 June 2021

12 May, 2021
The ESIC has extended the deadline for filing of ESI contribution for April 15th, 2021 to 15th June, 2021 instead of 15th May, 2021.

ESI contribution dues date for April 2021 extended to 15 June 2021

12 May, 2021
ESIC has allowed the filing of April month’s ESI contribution up to 15 June 2021 instead of 15 May 2021.

Section 142 of the Social Security Code comes into effect from 03 May 2021

03 May, 2021
The Central Government appoints 03 May 2021 as the date on which the provisions of section 142 of the Code on Social Security, 2020 come into force. Section 142 of the Code on Social Security (CoSS) provides for identifying an employee or a worker from unorganized sectors through Aadhar number so that they can seek certain benefits and avail the services under the CoSS.

ESIC reaches out to its beneficiaries to provide medical care and relief during COVID 19 pandemic

29 Apr, 2021
The Insured Persons (IP), under the ESI Act can seek free medical care in its COVID 19 dedicated hospitals, reimbursement of expenditure for treatment taken in any private institution, sickness benefit for the period of abstention from work at 70% of average daily wages for 91 days, remedial reliefs if they become unemployed in this pandemic and cash relief in the event of unfortunate demise.

Centre amends the Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (Amendment) Scheme, 2021

29 Apr, 2021
The Central Government has revised the Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme to increase the monetary benefits to the claimants. On death of an employee, claimants are eligible up to 7 lakhs of assurance benefit.

ESIC extends relaxations in eligibility conditions in Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana for 6 months

06 Apr, 2021
The eligibility conditions for the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY) Scheme are further extended for a period of 6 months from 01 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 with same terms and conditions as notified earlier.

ESIC publishes list of the fully notified, partially notified, and non-notified areas

01 Apr, 2021
ESI Corporation, in continuation to its previous circular of November 2020, notified the updated list of the fully notified, partially notified, and non-notified areas in the states and union territories.

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