BUDGETARY RELIEF ALLOWANCE OF WORKERS (NO. 2) LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Competent authority.

3. Budgetary relief allowance.

4. This Law to have force and effect notwithstand in anything in an other written law.

5. Special provisions continuation of employment.

6. Maintenance of records by employers.

7. Powers of the competent authority.

8. Offences and penalties.

9. Payments due under this Law to constitute part of a worker's wages.

10. Failure to pay sums due to workers.

11. Regulations.

12. Interpretation.

18 of 1978.

A LAW to provide for the payment of a Budgetary Relief Allowance by employers to certain categories of workers, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 17th February, 1977]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as the Budgetary Relief Allowance of Workers (No. 2) Law.

2. Competent authority.

(1) The Commissioner shall be the competent authority for the purposes of this Law.

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

3. Budgetary relief allowance.

(1) With effect from the 17th day of February, 1977, every employer in any trade who employs not less than twenty-five workers shall, in respect of each month, pay to each worker whose total earnings for the month do not exceed eight hundred rupees, an allowance, in this Law referred to as the "budgetary relief allowance”, which is not less than fifteen rupees:

Provided that—

(a) where the employer is an employer in the tea growing and manufacturing trade, or the rubber growing and manufacturing trade, or the cocoa, cardamom and pepper growing and manufacturing trade, or the coconut growing trade, or the cinnamon or the tobacco trade, the budgetary relief allowance payable to each worker shall be six per centum of the amount payable to such worker as wages for the number of days he has worked during the month, or fifteen rupees, whichever is less, and such allowance shall be payable irrespective of the number of workers employed by such employer; and

(b) where the employer is a co-operative society, the budgetary relief allowance shall be payable irrespective of the number of workers employed by such co-operative society, and in the case of a casual worker, such allowance shall be in proportion to the number of days he has worked for the month.

(2) Where a worker is employed on a piece-rate basis, or a daily-rate basis, the budgetary relief allowance payable under this Law shall be a sum not less than six per centum of the wages payable to him on a piece-rate basis or a daily-rate basis, as the case may be, so however, that the amount payable under this subsection shall not exceed fifteen rupees per month.

(3) Every employer of a worker whose total earnings for the month exceed eight hundred rupees, but are less than eight hundred and ninety rupees, shall, in respect of each month, pay to such worker as the budgetary relief allowance, an amount equivalent to the difference between eight hundred and ninety rupees and the amount drawn by such worker as salary or wages for that month.

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