The Ministry of Labor proposed a 12-hour workday.


New Delhi The Ministry of Labor has proposed to increase the working hours to a maximum of 12 hours per day in a recently passed Code of Parliament. Currently, the working day is a maximum of eight hours. The Ministry has proposed a maximum working time of 12 hours under the draft rules of the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) Code 2020. It also includes short intervals in between. However, the draft notified on 19 November 2020 has retained the weekly working hours at 48 hours. Under the current provisions, the work week is of six days and one day of vacation in an eight-hour workday.

What is the reason

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A senior Labor Ministry official said, “This has been done keeping in mind the adverse climatic conditions of India, where the work is divided throughout the day.” This will allow workers to earn more through overtime allowance. We have made necessary provisions so that all workers working more than eight hours can get overtime. ‘

What will be the process

No person shall work continuously for more than five hours without an interval of at least half an hour. Working hours will have to be fixed daily according to the week in such a way that they do not exceed 48 hours in the whole week.

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Overtime count

The calculation of overtime on any given day will count 15 to 30 minutes as 30 minutes. Under the current system, no less than 30 minutes are counted as overtime. The draft rules state that “no worker shall be required to work in any establishment for more than 48 hours in a week nor shall he be permitted to do so.” The working hours have to be arranged in such a way that the working hours should not exceed 12 on any day, including the interval time for rest.


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