The Centre has mulled a major change in the labour policy.

The government is planning to introduce new rules to give flexibility to companies to have four working days instead of five or six.

According to reports, the working hours limit of 48 hours for a week will not be changed.

If an employee works for 8 hours a day, then there will be 6 working days per week.

If a company opts for 12-hour working per day for its employees, it means four-day working and three holidays.

“If daily working hours are increased, you will have to give the workers similar holidays also. There will be 5 or 4 working days if duty hours are increased. It will now be mutually agreed to by the employees and employers as to what is appropriate for them,” Labour Secretary Apurva Chandra said.

He said that if a company offers a 4-day work week, the remaining three days should be paid offs.

Chandra said that the issue of flexibility in working days is being discussed.

He said that the Ministry is currently engaged in formulating relevant rules and regulations to implement the four new Labour Codes in the next few weeks to usher in labour reforms.

The new labour laws will not compromise the interests of labourers and employees in any way, said the labour secretary.


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