Is a four-day work-week to be a reality soon? Govt to incorporate a proposal in labor codes

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Companies will not be permitted to extend workings hours beyond the mandated 48-hour limit for the week. They will also need to guarantee employees get three days of successive holidays, says Labour secretary Apurva Chandra.

Employees will have an alternative to working for four days a week in the nation soon. The labor ministry has decided to permit companies to offer flexibility by incorporating changes in the labor codes. The government has clarified that companies may have the alternative to choose for a four-day week but employees will need to alter to long shifts.

Labour secretary Apurva Chandra has said numerous companies are curious about giving a four-day work move. "We have tried to provide adaptability in working days. It is totally possible that some employers may want to provide a five-day week. We have also come across employers who said they are keen to provide a four-day working week," Chandra said, reported Business Standard.

He clarified that companies can't increase the workings hours beyond the mandated 48-hour limit for the week. Companies allowing a four-day workweek will have to give three days of successive holidays after that said, Chandra. Companies will have the choice to either permit four, five, or six-day workweek, he said, including that companies and employees must agree to the four-day week schedule.

He also said unions would contradict the move only in case companies don't permit employees a three-day continuous leave. Strikingly, the Centre had passed four labor codes in Parliament in September 2020, following draft rules formulated in December. The government received comments concerning these rules in January.

The ministry is giving final touches to the work rules and that states are also coming with the draft of their own rules. In spite of the fact that India Inc has hailed the newly-enacted three labor codes, claiming it'll spur much-needed investment and create more employment in the nation, some believe the law is tilted in support of employers.

The labor law changes make hiring and terminating simple for companies. It makes it troublesome for unions to go on strike without prior notice of 60-days. Experts say it'll make the future uncertain for employees. A few, however, oppose this idea saying millennials prefer easy and flexible employment terms.

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