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Centre to pass ordinance to give states flexibility to raise work hours of employees
Centre to pass ordinance to give states flexibility to raise work hours of employees

The Centre is to pass an ordinance which will allow the state governments the flexibility to increase the work hours of employees across establishments to 12 hours per day from eight hours.

14 April 2020 Current Affairs:The Centre is to pass an ordinance which will allow the state governments the flexibility to increase the work hours of employees across establishments to 12 hours per day from eight hours. The move is aimed to address the issue of labour shortage and facilitate companies to maintain social distancing.

Ordinance Provisions:
♦ The ordinance will enforce the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH&WC) that empowers states or 'appropriate authority' to notify work hours. The ordinance is yet to be passed.
♦ The earlier Act prescribed 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week.
♦ The ordinance will help address labour shortage. It will help companies adhere to social distancing norms.
♦ As per the Ordinance, the workers will work in extended shifts.

Background:
The labour ministry has introduced the bill in parliament in 2019. The Bill was then sent to the standing committee. The standing committee's report on the bill was tabled in the budget session and the bill was sent back, but it could not be taken up due to paucity of time as the session was terminated early due to COVID-19.