The Minimum Wages for Kerala Workers in Construction of buildings as 01.10.2018
The Government of Kerala, Labour and Skills department revised the Minimum Wages of Kerala with effect from 01st October 2018 for various categories of workers vide Order No. E1/181/2018-LBRD/4469 dated 21.10.2018.
Objective of Minimum Wages Act
To provide for fixing the minimum rates of wages in certain employments.
The Act extends to the whole of India, requires the Central and State Govt. to fix minimum rates of wages in certain scheduled employment and minimum wages fixed REVISED from time to time
It provides for fixing minimum wages in certain employments where labour is ignorant or less organised and is vulnerable to exploitation. Minimum wages are not to be fixed in respect of any industry in which there are less than 1,000 employees in the whole State. (Under the 1957 amendment to the Act of 1948, this limiting condition has been substantially relaxed.)
The Act provides for the fixation of a minimum time rate, a minimum piece rate, a guaranteed time rate ,an overtime rate appropriate to different occupations and different classes of workers.
The minimum wage fixed or revised by the appropriate Government will include the following
(a) A basic rate of wages and a special allowance at a rate to be adjusted, at such intervals and in such manner as the appropriate government may direct, to accord as nearly as practicable with the variation in the cost of living index number applicable to such workers.
(b) A basic rate of wages with or without the cost of living allowance , and the cash value of the concessions in respect of suppliers of essential commodities at concession rates, where so authorised: or
(c) An all inclusive rate allowing for the basic rate, the cost of living allowance and the cash value of the concessions, if any.
(d) The cost of living allowance and the cash value of the concessions in respect of supplies of essential commodities at concession rate shall be computed by the competent authority at such intervals and in accordance with such directions as may be specified or given by the appropriate government. The Act lays down that wages should be paid in cash, although it empowers the appropriate Governments for the payment of minimum wages wholly or partly in kind.
PAYMENT OF MINIMUM RATE OF WAGES
The employer is required to pay to every employee, engaged in a scheduled employment under him, wages at a rate not less than the minimum rate of wages notified for that class of employees without any deduction except as may be authorised.
FIXING HOURS FOR NORMAL WORKING DAY
In regard to any scheduled employment, minimum rates of wages in respect of which have been fixed under this Act, the appropriate Government may
(a) fix the number of hours of work which shall constitute a normal working day, inclusive of one or more specified intervals;
(b) provide for a day of rest in every period of seven days which shall be allowed to all employees or to any specified class of employees and for the payment of remuneration in respect of such days of rest;
(c) provide for payment for work on a day of rest at a rate not less than the overtime rate
WAGES FOR TWO OR MORE CLASSES OF WORK
If an employee performs two or more classes of work, to each of which a different rate of wage is applicable, the employer is required to pay to such an employee in respect of the time respectively occupied in each such class of work, wages at not less than the minimum rate in force in respect of each such class.
MAINTENANCE OF REGISTERS AND RECORDS
Every employer is required to maintain registers and records giving particulars of employees, the work performed by them, the wages paid to them, the receipts given by them and any other required particulars.
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Source: Govt of Kerala