National Minimum Wage of Workers Act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Competent Authority.

3. National minimum wage.

4. Special provisions regarding continuation of employment.

5. Duty of the employer to maintain a register.

6. Powers of competent authority.

7. Duty to produce the register.

8. Action against default of payment of the national minimum wage.

9. Offences and penalties.

10. Liability of the directors and certain officers for offences committed by a body of persons.

11. Conditions necessary for the prosecution for offences under this Act.

12. Construction of the Act.

13. Retrospective effect.

14. Interpretation.

15. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

3 of 2016.

An Act to provide for the payment of national minimum wage by employers to workers and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 2016.]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Minimum Wage of Workers Act.

2. Competent Authority.

(1) The Commissioner-General shall be the competent authority for the purposes of this Act.

(2) The competent authority may delegate to any officer of the Department of Labour any power, function or duty conferred or imposed on, or assigned to, such authority by this Act.

3. National minimum wage.

(1) The national minimum monthly wage for all workers in any industry or service shall be ten thousand rupees and the national minimum daily wage of a worker shall be four hundred rupees.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other written law, no employer in any industry or service shall pay to any worker employed by him a wage which is less than the national minimum monthly or daily wage specified in subsection (1), as the case may be.

4. Special provisions regarding continuation of employment.

Every worker who has been employed by any employer shall, subject to the provisions of section 3, for so long as he continues to be a worker of such employer, continue to be so employed on such terms and conditions relating to wages or salary, allowances or other payments in money by whatsoever name or designation as are not less favourable than those which such worker had enjoyed on the day immediately prior to the date of the coming into operation of this Act.

5. Duty of the employer to maintain a register.

(1) The employer of a worker in any industry or service shall from and after the date of coming into operation of this Act, maintain and keep in the premises in which that industry or service is carried on, a register setting out—

(a) the name of each worker employed by him;

(b) the class of work performed by each worker employed by him; and

(c) the amount paid to each such worker as wages.

(2) Every register maintained under subsection (1), shall be preserved for a period of six years by the employer.

6. Powers of competent authority.

The competent authority shall have power—

(a) to enter into and inspect at all reasonable hours of the day or night, any place in which workers in any industry or service are employed, for the purpose of inspection of any register or for ascertaining whether the provisions of this Act are being complied with;

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