Government of West Bengal issues guidelines regarding setting the legitimate dues of workers under payment of Bonus Act, 1965

Sep 13, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The State Government of West Bengal on September 12, 2019, issues guidelines regarding setting the legitimate dues of workers in respect of payment of bonus for the year 2019 under Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.  The Governor makes an appeal to all employers and employees of the state covered under Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 as amended by the payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015 to stick to the following guidelines in the interest of maintenance of industrial peace and harmony.

The following guidelines are:

1. The employers keeping in view the need for maintenance of industrial peace and harmony, is expected would to adopt a flexible attitude on the issue of payment of bonus.

2. All establishments where bonus was paid in the previous year are requested to see that the rate of bonus payable this year is not lower than that of the last year. In case of dispute, the same must be settled through negotiations.

3. Employers are also requested to consider payment of an amount of ex-gratia in lieu of bonus as is admissible at the maximum stage, to those workmen and employees who have crossed the eligibility limit as per payment of Bonus Act, 1965.

4. All employees, whether in casual employment or re-employed after retirement or employed through contractors and have worked for not less than 30 days during the year should be paid bonus.

5. Government has noted that previous years, employees of IT sector, hotels and restaurants, shops & establishments, security workers and some workers in jute mills did not get any bonus. It is hoped that situation will not be similar this year.

6. All payments of bonus should be made before commencement of Durga Puja, 2019.

7. All employers including the public sector undertakings and employers’ organizations will advice their constituents to act according to this appeal.

[Circular No. Labr.l847/(LC-IR)/3C-01/18]


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