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Labour Codes: 4-Day Work Week, Free Medical Check-Up Part Of Proposed Rules

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The proposed labour codes will enable companies to have four working days in a week, however, the weekly working hours will continue to remain 48, Labour and Employment Secretary Apurva Chandra said on Monday.

As per reports, the Ministry of Labour and Employment is likely to finalise the rules for four labour codes soon.

“A simultaneous exercise of consultations with states has also taken place, with states/UT of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and J&K also expected to formulate their draft rules for state-level labour codes within a week,” Apurva Chandra said.

He added that the government also proposes to provide free medical check-ups to workers through the Employees State Insurance Corporation.

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“It (working days) could come down below five. If it is four, then you have to provide three paid holidays…so if it has to be a seven day week, then it has to be divided into 4 or 5 or 6 working days,” Chandra said. He added that weekly working hours will continue to remain 48. “It is sacrosanct,” Chandra said.

“Rule making process is already underway and likely to complete in the coming week. All stakeholders are also consulted in framing of rules. This ministry would soon be in a position to bring into force the four Codes, viz., Code on Wages, Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) and Social Security Codes,” Apurva Chandra said in a media briefing.

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