Seeking Inputs: Draft Labour Code on Social Security and Welfare 2018

Pursuant to the preliminary draft on social security code 2017 which was published by Government last year, the labour ministry has now published revised labour code on social security and welfare 2018 seeking inputs from the stakeholders through employer’s /workers associations.

The said code is in line with the Government objective to simplify, rationalize and consolidate all existing labour laws relating to Social Security (total 15 labour laws including EPF Act, ESI Act, Maternity Benefits Act, Payment of Gratuity Act etc),  to make them less complex for easier comprehension implementation and enforcement. The code has envisaged an all-encompassing social security regime based on principles such as:

  • Universalization to entire workforce
  • Integration of fragmented schemes
  • Decentralization of administration
  • A rights based approach
  • Single Window Compliance

A copy of the draft code can be accessed from here (Version 2.1):

Please note the deadline for submitting inputs to Government is April 30th 2018, we would however appreciate if you could kindly share your feedback with us latest by 20th April 2018 at in the below format:


Section /Sub-Section /Clause /Proviso of the draft code

Issue / problem in the relevant clause

Proposed change / correction that is suggested

Reason for the proposed change

Remarks, if any











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