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India – Cabinet approves bill to merge all labour laws, staffing firms could see licence changes (Times of India)

11 July 2019

The Times of India reports that in a bid to push labour reforms, India’s Union Cabinet approved a bill to merge 13 central labour laws into a single "code" which will apply to all establishments employing ten or more workers. The also bill provides for a single licence regime for staffing firms, thus significantly improving their ease of doing business. “The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, would enhance coverage of workers manifold,” a statement from the Cabinet said. The code would be applicable to all establishments employing ten or more workers, where any industry, trade, business, manufacture or occupation is carried on, including IT establishments or establishments of service sector. The proposed changes are intended to improve ease of business while also giving enhanced protection to employees by mandating certain norms. Many of India's labour laws, though intended to protect workers, have been seen to discourage formal employment while providing incentives for graft.

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