Thursday, September 7, 2023

Code on Wages, 2019 not in force as yet

The date of coming into force of the several provisions of the Code on Wages, 2019 is yet to be notified in the official gazette. Very few (less than three) provisions out of 69 provisions of the Act have come into force on 18 December 2020. Only three provisions (Sections 7, 8 and 9) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 have been repealed so far and not the other provisions. 

Under Section 69 of the Code, it is provided that all the provisions under Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 have been repealed. But these provisions have not been repealed in the official gazette. As a result, the non-notified provisions are inconsequential. 

Therefore, it is not surprising that the notification of Labour Department, Bihar which has notified the minimum wages under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, with effect from 10 April, 2023 does not make any reference to the Code on Wages, 2019. 

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