Supreme Court gives relief to employers, says Centre cannot coerce to pay full wages, govt to reply in 4 weeks

Supreme Court gives relief to employers, says Centre cannot coerce to pay full wages, govt to reply in 4 weeks

The Supreme Court has given a big relief to employers, private companies and factories etc and said the government cannot force them to pay full wages to workers during the lockdown period.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah gave the Union government 4 weeks to reply on the legality of its March 29 notification in which the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) made it mandatory for employers to pay full wages to workers.

As employers argued in court that they do not have the financial capacity to pay full wages to workers for the period of the lockdown when they saw no business, the court asked Centre to reply.

The Supreme Court has also said negotiation between employees and employers regarding wage payment will have to be facilitated by the state government labour departments.

The court has said labourers will have to negotiate for the payment of wages of 54 days of lockdown.