Bill to levy hefty fine on minimum wages defaulters

A Bill that proposes to enhance the fine that can be imposed on employers who do not pay minimum wages to employees from present Rs 500 to Rs 10,000 was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The Minimum Wages (Karnataka amendment) Bill, 2017 retained the penal clause of one-year imprisonment for not paying minimum wages. It also proposes that assistant labour commissioner will be the competent authority to hear applications that minimum wages were not being paid.

The minimum wages in Karnataka varies for different sectors and is divided into 74 categories, Labour department sources said.

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