Labor Department in Karnataka
CASE: A US-based IT firm has been asked to compensate a techie employed at its C V Raman Nagar office in Bengaluru for illegally terminating her services without providing valid reasons and for causing harassment. After hearing both parties, the labor department decided Sheela should be awarded compensation for unfair treatment and termination from service. The labor department directed the company to shell out Rs 12.5 lakh. The 27-year-old techie, a native of Delhi, had challenged the decision of the company by first approaching the state women’s commission and then the labor department.
This is the first case since Karnataka government’s notification to the IT sector making it mandatory for companies to report each pink slip to the labor department and the reasons for doing so too.
Principal Authority: At the State level, the Department is headed by the Hon’ble Minister for Labour and he is assisted by the Principal Secretary.
Aim of the labor Department in Karnataka
The Department of Labor of Karnataka is majorly responsible for the following functions:
- Enforcement of various Central and State Labour
- Ensure Welfare measures taken in organizations
- Ensure proper working conditions at workplace
- Maintenance of smooth industrial relations in the state and promotion of industrial peace
- Settlement of Industrial Disputes: Conciliation and settlement of industrial disputes arising out of strikes, lockouts, lay-offs, closures and charter of demands, termination, etc
- To settle claims and other matters like workmen’s compensation and minimum wages, gratuity, etc.
- Employment and Training
- Industrial Safety and Health of the workers
- Ensures minimum wages being paid to the workers
- Ensures the minimum number of leaves/holidays during national festivals being given to the employees
- Manage the social security of unorganized workers in the state.
- Proper maintenance of Registers and records in each workplace
- Dealing with the matters connected with the implementation of policy relating to special target groups, such as, child labor and women workers
- Ensures correct opening and closing of hours of business to prevent labor exploitation
- Ensures all organization contribute towards Karnataka Labor Welfare fund for financing and conducting activities to promote welfare of labor in the State of Karnataka.
Various Sub – Departmental functions:
Department of Labor: Implementation of various Labour Laws dealing with wages, working conditions and welfare measures and industrial relation.
Directorate of Employment & Training: Operating Employment Exchanges and running of various Industrial Training Institutes to provide vocational training.
Responsibilities under Training department:
- To ensure steady flow of skilled manpower to industries.
- To equip the youth with practical skills which enable them to seek employment or self-employment.
- To rise the quality and quantity of industrial production by systematic training of workers.
Responsibilities under Employment department:
- To promote the best possible co-ordination between manpower supply and demand by rendering assistance to be job seekers and employers
- To promote employability of students and a job seekers through Vocational Guidance activities
- To facilitate manpower planning and analysis through effective implementation of Employment Market Information program.
Department of Factories, Boilers, Industrial Safety & Health: Industrial safety, health / occupational diseases and enforcement of the Factories Act, 1948 and also implementation of the Boilers Act, 1923.
- To oversee the aspect of safety, health and welfare of the workers employed in the registered factories.
- To investigate the accidents; to impart training and advise the management and the workers to create awareness in respect of various legislations enforced by the department by organizing workshops / seminars.
- To conduct enquiries on complaints received from the workers, trade unions and general public.
- To recognize and authorize the competent persons to conduct tests and examinations of the dangerous equipment, machineries used in the industries
- To prescribe the methods to be adopted for compulsory disclosure of information about the hazardous processes
- To assess the measures established for monitoring the work environment.
- To guide the management in preparation of safety policy, onsite emergency plan and preparedness procedures
- To ensure timely payment of earned wages to the workers employed in the factories.
- To organize seminars to builders, construction and developers to create awareness in respect of implementation of Building and other constructions workers Act 1996, and to conduct capacity building programs to departmental officers.
Directorate of ESIS(M) Services : Running of Hospitals, Dispensaries for the workers who becomes the members of ESI Scheme. The implementation of such scheme will provide the following benefits:
- Medical Benefit
- Sickness Benefit ( Temporary/Extended/Enhanced sickness)
- Maternity Benefit
- Disablement Benefit (Temporary/Permanent disablement benefit)
- Dependants’ Benefit
- Funeral Expenses
- Rehabilitation allowance and Vocational Rehabilitation