september-2016

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Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed by Rajya Sabha

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by Rajya Sabha on 11th August 2016 and is pending for the approval of Lok Sabha, after which it would require the President’s assent to be notified as an Act.

Highlights of the Bill are as follows:
  1. The duration of maternity leave is increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
  2. Maternity benefit should not be availed before eight weeks (earlier it was six weeks) from the date of expected delivery.
  3. For a woman who has two or more children, the maternity benefit will continue to be 12 weeks and cannot be availed before six weeks from the date of the expected delivery.
  4. Grants 12 weeks of maternity leave to: (i) a woman who legally adopts a child below three months of age; and (ii) a commissioning mother. (A commissioning mother is defined as a biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in another woman. The 12-week period of maternity benefit will be calculated from the date the child is handed over to the adopting or commissioning mother.)
  5. Allows employers to permit a woman to work from home if the nature of work assigned, permits her to work from home. This option can be availed after the maternity leave period for a duration that is mutually decided by the employer and the concerned woman.
  6. Requires every establishment with 50 or more women employees to provide crèche facilities within a prescribed distance. Woman will be allowed four visits (including her intervals for rest) to the crèche in a day.
  7. Requires every establishment to intimate a woman (both in writing and electronically) at the time of her appointment; the maternity available to her.
ESI contribution rates amended in areas where ESI Scheme is implemented for the first time

A new rule is introduced under the Employee State Insurance Scheme which states that in the areas where the scheme is implemented for the first time, the employer’s contribution and employee’s contribution would be as follows for the initial period of 24 months from the day it’s been implemented:

  1. Employer: 3% of wages payable to the employee, such sum rounded to next higher rupee.
  2. Employee: 1% of wages payable to employee, such sum rounded to next higher rupee

After completion of the aforesaid 24 months, the rate of contribution would be the same as existing i.e. (4.75% in respect of employer and 1.75% in respect of employee).

Proposed Overtime allowable duration under Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Lok Sabha has passed the Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on 10th August 2016 and this is now pending for the approval of the Rajya Sabha, after which it would require the President’s assent to be notified as an Act. To meet the increasing demands and facilitate ‘ease of doing business’ the Government of India has proposed to increase the allowable overtime duration. Furthermore, this amendment, if passed, is expected to enhance employment opportunities.

The proposed amendments are:
  1. To increase overtime limit of factory workers from 50 hours to 100 hours in a quarter
  2. To increase the overtime working hours for factories with “exceptional” workload, from 75 hours to 115 hours in a quarter.
  3. Central government or state government, in public interest, may increase the overtime limit further, to 125 hours in a quarter.
Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed by Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha passed the Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on 9th August, 2016. The Bill will now be placed before Rajya Sabha for approval, after which it would require the President’s assent to be notified as an Act.


Proposed Amendments are:

 

  1. Requires an employer to inform the employee of his/her right to under the Act. Such information must be given in writing (in English, Hindi or the relevant official language) at the time of employment. If the employer fails to inform their employees of their respective rights to, penalties may vary between Rs.50,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/-.
  2. Appeals can be made against orders related to, distribution of and awarded penalties or interest. However, this is only applicable if the amount in dispute is up to Rs. 10,000. (Earlier the threshold limit was Rs. 300.)
  3. Deletion of the provision which states that if an employer has appealed against a Commissioner’s order, any payments towards the employee can be temporarily withheld. The Commissioner may withhold the payment towards an employee only through an order from the High Court of India, until the dispute is resolved.
Scheme Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY)

Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) is a scheme introduced by government to “incentivize employers” and encourage job creation in market.

Under the aforesaid Scheme, effective 9th August 2016 for all eligible Employers, the Government of India will pay the following contributions of the Employer for new employees added to the reference base, for the first three years of their employment (i.e., upto FY 2019-20 until which this Scheme is valid).

(1) the Employer’s contribution of 8.33% to the Employee Pension Scheme (EPS)

(2) An additional 3.67% of Employer’s contribution to Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for textile (apparel) industries ONLY.

New Employee, is an employee earning less than 15,000/- per month, who has not worked in any EPFO registered establishment on a regular basis in the past and did not have a Universal Account Number, prior to 1st April 2016.

Reference base of workers will be determined by the number of employees against whom the employer has deposited the 12% with EPFO as on 31st March 2016.

Scheme eligibility – conditions to be fulfilled:
  1. Establishments registered under EPFO including those registered on or after the 1st of April, 2016
  2. Establishments that are registered with EPFO should also have a Labour Identification Number (LIN) allotted to them under Shram Suvidha Portal. The LIN will be the primary reference number for all communications under the Scheme.
  3. Employers must register with www.pmrpy.gov.in and are advised to submit the PMRPY online form at the earliest, preferably by 10th of every following month. If an employer fails to submit their PMRPY scheme form online, they will not be eligible for the scheme.
  4. Eligible employers are required to add all the New Employees to the reference base of workers
  5. The New Employee’s income should be less than Rs.15,000/- and they should continue to be employed by the same employer.

To read further please refer the link: http://labour.gov.in/sites/default/files/PMRPY%20Scheme%20Guidelines.pdf

West Bengal State Professional Tax Rates for 2016

Professional tax rates for the West Bengal region have been amended. The table below furnishes further details:

S. No Salary range per month(in INR) Professional Tax – Old Rate per month(in INR) Professional Tax – New Rate per month(in INR) 1  0 – 8500 0 0 2 8501 – 10000 90 0 3 10001 - 15000 110 110 4 15001 - 25000 130 130 5 25001 - 40000 150 150 6 40001 and above 200 200 No attestation required henceforth, for Provident Fund withdrawal by Form 31 (UAN).

The Form 31 is a declaration form used by Provident Fund (PF) members to avail their respective advances/withdrawals for purposes provided in the scheme (i.e. housing, marriage, medical, natural calamity etc.) and required an attestation by their respective employers in order to be validated and processed further. However, as per the circular dated 1st December 2015, claims by employees through their respective UANs would not require attestations from their employers.

Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2016

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has amended  the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014. The changes are effective from 30th June, 2016.

The key amendments made are as follows:
  1. Employers shall submit the following two reports to the MCA along with the director’s report on an annual basis:
    • A statement showing top 10 employees list in terms of highest remuneration drawn.
    • All employees who are drawing salaries not less than Rs.1,02,00,000/- in a year or Rs.8,50,000/- in a month for the financial year.

  2. Company shall have to file a return of appointment for Managing Director, Whole Time Director or Manager within 60 days from the date of appointment to the Registrar of Companies. Prior to the amendment, Company also had to comply with the same for Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the Company Secretary.

 

Compliance Calendar for the month of September, 2016 Due date Nature of transaction Existing rules Mode Professional Tax - States - Remittances 10th September 16 Andhra Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh State-wise regulations By Challan 15th September 16 Gujarat Gujarat PT regulations By Challan 20th September 16 Karnataka Karnataka PT regulations By Challan & Online 21st September 16 West Bengal West Bengal PT regulations By Challan 30th September 16 Assam & Orissa State-wise regulations By Challan 30th September 16 Maharashtra Maharashtra PT regulations Online PF Central 15th September 16 Remittance of Contribution EPF & MP Act, 1952 Online ESI Central 21st September 16 Remittance of Contribution (Main code and Sub codes) ESIC Act, 1948 Online TDS 7th September 16 TDS Payment Income Tax Act, 1961 Online Labour Welfare Fund Remittances 5th of Every month Kerala (Kerala Shops & Establishment Workers Welfare Fund) Kerala State Labour Welfare Fund Offline Check out our latest blog posts Are You Ready for Unlimited Time-off?

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