Telangana exempts establishments from several compliances across labour laws
By way of an order dated 15 February 2021, the Government of Telangana has granted exemption to establishments located in the state from the application of certain provisions under different labour laws for the purpose of minimizing the burden of regulatory compliance. The conditions, if any, subject to which some of these exemptions will be available have also been set out in the order. Note that the exemptions in the order largely pertain to procedural compliances.
Some of the important exemptions include:
display of an abstract of the statute and the rules made thereunder, as required under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 and the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; manner of making payment of maternity benefits as set out under Rule 5 of the Telangana Maternity Benefit Rules, 1966 (provided the requisite payment has been made to the eligible woman); display of rates of wages in a department as required under the model standing orders; display of notice of periods and hours of work as well as weekly holidays as required under the model standing orders, so long as the workmen are informed of the same in advance; display of notice of minimum wages and dates of payment of wages as required under the Telangana Minimum Wages Rules, 1960; and giving a written notice specifying the amount of gratuity to the controlling authority as required under the Telangana Payment of Gratuity Rules, 1972.
Tamil Nadu issues crèche rules under maternity benefit law
The Government of Tamil Nadu has, with effect from 13 January 2021, introduced crèche rules under the Tamil Nadu Maternity Benefit Rules, 1967. The crèche will be required to be maintained by every employer having 50 or more employees.
Following are some notable crèche related provisions as mandated by the state government:
Number and location of crèches: The rules require that there must be one crèche for every 30 children who are below the age of 6 years. Such crèche must be located within 500 meters from the main entrance of the establishment. Staffing: As per the rules, the employer must appoint one woman teacher cum warden and one woman crèche attendant. Further, there should be one woman ayah per 10-15 children at the crèche. Medical examination: The rules mandate a monthly medical examination of children at the crèche by a qualified medical practitioner.
Other facilities: Some other provisions that must be made available