Government of Bihar notifies Industrial Disputes (Bihar Amendment) Act, 2020; amends threshold for lay-off and retrenchment provisions

The Government of Bihar has notified the Industrial Disputes (Bihar Amendment) Act, 2020 (“Amendment”), which is bringing in amendments under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (“Principal Act”) for the State of Bihar.

Section 25K – “Application of Chapter VB” has been amended to extend the provisions of Lay-off and Retrenchment to establishments in which not less than 300 workmen are employed as opposed to the previous threshold of 100 or more workmen.

This change is in line with the Industrial Disputes (Bihar Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 that was issued in July this year.

Additionally, the Amendment is also inserting a new section 36-C empowering the State Government to exempt any new industrial establishment or new undertaking or class of new industrial establishments or new undertakings from all or any of the provisions of the Principal Act.

The present Amendment is deemed to be in force from 18.11.2020 and is repealing the earlier Ordinance.



Source: Government of Bihar


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