Government of West Bengal issues guidelines to issue bonus to employees of public sector institutions

Sep 20, 2021 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The West Bengal Labour Department on September 15, 2021 has issued guidelines for settling dues of workers in respect of payment of bonus, in view of ensuing Durga Puja, for the year 2021 in terms of the payment of Bonus Act,1965 as amended by the payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015 in the interest of maintenance of industrial peace and harmony.

The guidelines are as follows:

•The employers would adopt a flexible attitude on the issue of payment of bonus in terms of the payment of Bonus Act,1965 as amended by the payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 20152. 

•All establishments where a 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, however, where there is a dispute, the same may be settled amicably through negotiations. 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. 

•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 a bonus.

•The employers who are in default towards payment of bonus for the previous years are also being requested to make such payments this year along with the payment of bonus for the current year. 

•The Government also appeals to all trade unions, and employers' organizations to extend their co-operation in the maintenance of industrial peace and exercise their good offices for peaceful and effective settlement of industrial disputes concerning bonus without any disruption of work.

•Government concerns, like in previous years, employees of IT sector, Hotels and Restaurants, Shops & Establishments. Security Workers and some workers in jute mills did not get any bonus amidst the Covid-19 pandemic situation. It is desired that the situation will not be similar this year.

•All payments of bonus should be made before commencement of Durga Puja, 2021.

•The Government expects that all employers including the public sector undertakings will act according to this appeal.

•The Government also expects that all employers' organizations will advise their constituents to act according to this appeal.

Persons employed in the unorganized sectors are not covered under the Payment of Bonus Act 1965 as amended by the payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act,2015, and do not get any bonus.

The government expects that the employers in such cases must pay bonus/ex-gratia to their workers before the commencement of Durga Puja, 2021.

[Notification no. Labr 1690/(LC-IR)/22013/56/2019]


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