The Government has taken several initiatives to improve women’s participation in the labour force and safety of women in the workplace. This was said by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Rameshwar Teli in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. He said that a number of protective provisions have been incorporated in the labour laws for creating congenial work environments for women workers. These include enhancement in paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, provision for mandatory crèche facilities in the establishments having 50 or more employees and permitting women workers in the night shifts with adequate safety measures.
The Minister said the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 now subsumed in the Code of Wages, 2019 to ensure that no discrimination among women employees on the ground of gender in matters relating to wages by the same employer. He said that no employer will make any discrimination on the ground of sex while recruiting any employee for the same work except where the employment of women in such work is prohibited or restricted under any law.