A lot has been written about new four Labour Codes about its implications and impact on industries and workforce. In this article Author throws light on certain untouched areas of labour codes which seem having element of ambiguity which could have been removed at the earlier stage, confusion and unnecessary complexities that make codes diluting the objective of simplification and rationalisation.

Our labour laws are decades and some century old. Long years after independence, need was felt to seriously consider reviewing our age-old archaic labour laws. Hence, first National Commission on Labour was set up on 24th December, 1966 under the Chairmanship of Justice P.B. Gajendragadkar, who submitted his report in August, 1969. Its recommendations remained unimplemented. Second National Commission on Labour was set up on 15th October, 1999 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Shri Ravindra Verma, who submitted the report on 29th June, 2002. This commission had suggested, inter alia, amalgamation, simplification, and rationalisation of existing archaic labour laws. But mere amalgamation, simplification and rationalisation alone will not be sufficient. In present globalised highly competitive radically changed economic scenario, there is a great need to emphasise on reforms also to make our labour laws future ready. Hence, 29 Acts have been coalesced into four Codes, though sans necessary reforms.

Let us discuss few salient provisions in the new Codes to assess their...

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G.M. Saini

Advocate at Labour & Employment Law, New Delhi

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