The Minimum Wages Act, 1948

The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 regulates the minimum rates of wages for different employments in India.

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Summary

The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 is an Act of Parliament of India that regulates the minimum rates of wages for different employments in India. The act applies to all employees in scheduled employments where the monthly wages of an employee do not exceed a certain amount, which is fixed by the appropriate government. The act ensures that workers receive a fair and minimum wage for their labour and prohibits the payment of wages below the minimum rate. The act also prescribes the procedure for fixing and revising minimum wages in different employments.

Section 1 : Short title and extent

Section 2 : Interpretation

Section 3 : Fixing of minimum rates of wages

Section 4 : Minimum rate of wages

Section 5 : Procedure for fixing and revising minimum wages

Section 6 : [Omitted]

Section 7 : Advisory Board

Section 8 : Central Advisory Board

Section 9 : Composition of committees, etc

Section 10 : Correction of errors

Section 11 : Wages in kind

Section 12 : Payment of minimum rates of wages

Section 13 : Fixing hours for a normal working day, etc

Section 14 : Overtime

Section 15 : Wages of worker who works for less than normal working day

Section 16 : Wages for two or more classes of work

Section 17 : Minimum time rate wages for piece work

Section 18 : Maintenance of registers and records

Section 19 : Inspectors

Section 20 : Claims

Section 21 : Single application in respect of a number of employees

Section 22 : Penalties for certain offences

Section 22A : General provision for punishment of other offences

Section 22B : Cognizance of offences

Section 22C : Offences by companies

Section 22D : Payment of undisbursed amounts due to employees

Section 22E : Protection against attachment of assets of employer with Government

Section 22F : Application of Payment of Wages Act, 1936, to scheduled employments

Section 23 : Exemption of employer from liability in certain cases

Section 24 : Bar of suits

Section 25 : Contracting out

Section 26 : Exemptions and exceptions

Section 27 : Power of State Government to add to Schedule

Section 28 : Power of Central Government to give directions

Section 29 : Power of the Central Government to make rules

Section 30 : Power of appropriate Government to make rules

Section 30A : Rules made by Central Government to be laid before Parliament

Section 31 : Validation of fixation of certain minimum rates of wages

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