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The New Labour Laws has been introduced in UP, MP, and Gujarat. Here you can find more detail.
Several states have announced major labour reforms, which allow businesses to hire and fire people. These reforms have been introduced in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, which are ruled by the BJP.
These reforms appear to be part of the efforts to lure companies that are looking to move out of China.
In Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, the Factories Act was amended to increase the work time from 12 hours a day and 72 hours a week in place of the 8 hours a day and 48 hours a week.
Rajasthan has amended the Industries Disputes Act to increase the threshold for lay offs and retrenchment to 300 from 100 earlier. The threshold membership of the trade union has been increased from 15 per cent to 30 per cent.
Maharashtra has allowed shops/establishments/factories to submit a consolidated annual returns in lieu of multiple returns under the various labour laws.
Tamil Nadu has permitted the employment of women in night shifts subject to safeguard measures. In Kerala it has been decided to facilitate new industrial licence within a week after the applications are filed. However this would be subject to the investor agreeing to completing formalities within a year.
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