If private companies fail to pay their workers a full salary during the lockdown, then strict action will not be taken on them. The Supreme Court gave this ruling on Friday. The court has insisted on resolving the dispute among themselves. The next hearing, in this case, will be held in the last week of July. A hearing date not set.
Understand the whole matter in the questions and answers.
Which order of the Ministry of Home Affairs heard in the Supreme Court?
The Home Ministry issued an order on March 29. It said that when the lockdown is going on all over the country, then all the employees give their workers salary on the due date and do not cut it. The Home Ministry order was for 54 days of lockdown.
How did the matter reach the Supreme Court?
Some private companies, including the Hand Tools Manufacturers Association and Jute Mills Association, had petitioned the Supreme Court against the Home Ministry order. On May 15, the Supreme Court had heard and issued an interim order. It said that there should be no action against companies that do not obey the laws of the Home Ministry.
What happened in the Supreme Court today? Will there be a complete ban on companies?
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Justice Sanjay Krishna Kaul and Justice MR Shah held the hearing on Friday. The bench said that strict action should not take against companies who failed to pay full salary during the lockdown. The companies got this relief till the last week of July.
What has the Supreme Court said for the government?
- If the dispute between the companies and the workers not resolved, the Labor Department will have to help with the settlement.
- State governments will also have to help with the settlement and submit its report to the Labor Commissioner.
- The central and state governments should ignore this issue in pieces. They should get a circular about the settlement through the Labor Department.
- The central government should submit an affidavit in 4 weeks and file its reply on the order of March 29 of the Home Ministry.
What did the Supreme Court say in the last hearing?
The Supreme Court reserved the decision on June 4. The court said that workers should not leave without paying salary. If companies do not have the money, then the government can interfere. 50% of wages can also pay. However, the government said that companies that are talking about having difficulty in paying salary should ask to present their audited balance sheet in court.