Labour Ministry Makes an Entry in Ease of Doing Business Register
56 registers under nine central laws merged into five
New Delhi: The labour ministry has rationalised and simplified procedures to maintain registers under various labour laws in a move aimed at enhancing ease of doing business that will lead to sharp reduction in cost and compliance burden on the employer.
The ministry has notified ‘Ease of Compliance to Maintain Registers’ under various Labour Laws Rules, 2017, following which 56 registers under nine central laws have now been merged into five registers.Besides, under the easier compliance regime new registers have only144 data fields compared to 933 data fields earlier.
“For the ease of and for the expedient compliance of the requirement of the various labour related laws referred to herein and for the purpose of maintaining combine registers for all such laws, it has become essential to frame separate rules for the said purpose,” the notification dated February 21 said.
According to the notification, the employer shall henceforth maintain a combined register in the forms specified in the schedule to these rules either electronically or otherwise.
“If the combined register referred is required for inspection by concerned inspector appointed under any of the enactments referred to in the said sub-rule, the concerned persons shall make available the combined registers or provide the necessary particulars for the purposes of accessing the information, as the case may be,” the notification said.
The nine legislations for which compliance has been simplified include the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970, Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979, Mines Act, 1952, the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, among others.