Amendment to the Factories Act in Haryana

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The Factories (Haryana Amendment) Act, 2018 (‘Factories Amendment Act’) received the Presidential assent on June 16, 2020 and the Government of Haryana has subsequently, on July 20, 2020, issued a Notification to publish it for general information purposes. The Factories Amendment Act seeks to increase the applicability threshold of the Factories Act, 1948 (‘Factories Act’) in the State of Haryana. For factories working with the aid of power, the threshold has been increased from 10 to 20 workers; and for factories working without the aid of power, the threshold has been increased from 20 to 40 workers. Additionally, workers are allowed to work overtime for a maximum of 115 hours, at a stretch, per quarter, as against the earlier limit of 75 hours. The Factories Amendment Act further provides for an application for exemption, pursuant to which women workers can be allowed to work in a factory between 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., subject to provision of adequate safety and security measures.

Published In:Inter Alia - Quarterly Edition - September 2020 [ English
Date: September 30, 2020