There is some good news for those who have been looking to enjoy longer weekends. As per some government reports, companies may be allowed to offer four-day work week to their employees. However, according to the Labour Ministry, this flexibility will come with some conditions. As of now, the usual work week is of 5 or 6 days. Nevertheless, the overall working hours will not change. If a company offers a 4-days work week, then the remaining three days should be paid offs. Ahead of the finalisation of Rules for the new Labour Codes, the issue of flexibility in working days is being discussed.
Already the government has specified that it can implement all the four Labour Codes — Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions, Wages, Industrial Relations and Social Security. If we talk about the flexible work week, even then the conditions related to weekly working hours will remain the same. As per the draft Rules for Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, no worker will be needed or permitted to work in an establishment for more than 48 hours in a week. Apart from this, the period of work shall be inclusive of intervals for rest, and shall not exceed 12 hours in a day.
Talking about contract workers, the ministry informed that safety and health facilities for contract workers will be at par with permanent employees. Before this, the Social Security Code talked about a proposal for a Social Security Fund for gig/platform workers where the employers are likely to contribute 1-2 per cent of the annual turnover or 5 per cent of the liability of the aggregator to gig workers and platform workers, whichever is lower. However, it will be 1 per cent of the revenue now.