Sri Lanka’s Proposed Employment Act: Key Points Highlighted by Ministry of Foreign Employment and Labour
- Prevention of discrimination in employment or in the workplace.
- Prevention of all forms of harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.
- Occupational safety, health, and welfare of employees.
- Removal of restrictions on the payment of gratuity.
- Introduction of equal payment methods for male workers in night shifts.
- Ensuring similar working terms and conditions for all employees.
- Mandating employers to provide written appointment letters to employees.
- Introduction of a 5-day week and flexible working hours.
- Relaxation of legal provisions for night work of women employees.
- Standardization of overtime working hours and calculations.
- Legal provisions for part-time employment.
- Regulations for trainees, apprentices, and working students.
- Provision for paternity leave.
- Rights and duties of employees working from home.
- Procedure for employing foreign employees in Sri Lanka.
- Inclusion of domestic work under labor law.
- Establishment of a National Remuneration Council for determining minimum wages.
- Time-bound provision of final disciplinary decisions.
- Prohibition of unfair labor practices by trade unions.
- Opportunity for legal action against unfair labor practices.
- Mandatory deduction of trade union membership fees from remuneration.
- Increased minimum number of members required to form a trade union.
- Mandatory representation of women on trade union executive boards.
- Requirements for notification and majority consent in strikes.
- Introduction of workplace rules for employers.
- Simplified termination process for redundant jobs.
- Permission for temporary layoffs under certain circumstances.
- Provision for one month’s advance notice for voluntary resignations.
- Revision of retirement age.
- Standards for dignity of labor in employment or profession.
- Establishment of a social security system.
- Performance evaluation of employment.
- Regulation of Man Power Supply institutes and Employment Agencies.
- Introduction of E-Wages system with legal provisions.
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