Exclusive: The government plans to introduce grandfathering provisions under the labour codes to ensure that the gratuity outgo for companies does not significantly rise after the new law comes into effect from the next fiscal (2021-22)
This after concerns were raised that some of the new provisions in the labour laws for computing wages and gratuity will bump up costs for companies.
After the new labour codes come into effect, likely from April 1, the way companies structure employee salaries will undergo a significant change. The salaries will have to be structured in a manner so that all the monetary allowances are capped at 50% of the wage of an employee.
This may lead to a higher basic pay and dearness allowance component of the salary - used for computing various statutory deductions such PF, gratuity, etc. To address concerns of a surge in gratuity payments, in particular, the govt is likely to issue a clarification soon.
This move would lead to lesser gratuity for workers and cost saving for corporations.

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A personal update: Monday was my last day at Business Standard and I can truly count the past 3 years as the golden phase of my career, where I got the opportunity to not only report but also break some of the biggest news stories during this period.
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Thread: Instead of hiking retrenchment compensation for workers, the Modi government has mooted a reskilling fund in the new labour codes.

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