The Bombay Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1953

Term "Labour Welfare" refers to all such services, amenities and facilities given to the employees that improve their working conditions as well as standard of living. It’s interpretation varies from entity to entity as per their socio-economic condition, degree of industrialization and level of maturity of fundamental democratic values.

With a view to extend social assistance and prevent the harassment to workers in certain sectors, the Central Government has set up five different Labour Welfare Funds under the Ministry of Labour & Employment to provide Housing, Medical Care, Educational and Recreational facilities to workers employed in Beedi Industry, certain Non-coal Mines and Cine Industry and some others as well. These five Labour Welfare Funds have been set up under the following Acts:

  1. Mica Mines Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1946:
    Has been enacted to provide for constitution of a fund for financing the activities which promote welfare of labour employed in the Mica Mining Industry;

  2. Limestone and Dolomite Mines Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1972:
    Has been enacted to provide for the levy and collection of cess on limestone and dolomite for financing the activities which promote welfare of persons employed in the Limestone & Dolomite Mining Industry;

  3. Iron Ore Mines, Manganese Ore Mines & Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1976:
    Has been enacted to provide for financing the activities which promote welfare of persons employed in Iron Ore Mines, Manganese Ore Mines or Chrome Ore Mines;
  4. Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1976:
    Has been enacted to provide for financing the activities which promote welfare of persons engaged in the Beedi Industry; and

  5. Cine Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1981:
    Has been enacted to provide for financing the activities which promote welfare of the Cine-workers.

These funds are financed out of the proceeds of Cess levied under respective Acts of the Central Legislature. The above Acts mandate that the funds collected in the respective Labour Welfare Funds may be applied by the Central Government to meet the expenditure incurred in connection with providing facilities which are necessary for welfare of the workers employed in the above industries.

Apart from the Central legislations governing welfare of the workers employed in the above industries, almost all states have created Labour Welfare Fund under their specially enacted laws or under adopted law of a different state for welfare of the workers employed in other industries. These state specific Labour Welfare Funds are funded by contributions from the employers. The state specific laws dealing with Labour Welfare Fund are listed as follows:

  • Andhra Pradesh Welfare Fund Act, 1987
  • Karnataka Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965
  • Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1953
  • Tamil Nadu Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1972
  • U. P. Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965
  • West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1974
  • Bombay Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1953 [Applicable in Delhi & Gujarat]
  • Goa, Daman & Diu Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1986
  • Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965 [Also Applicable in Haryana]
  • Kerala Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1975
  • Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments Worker’s Welfare Fund Act, 2006
  • Madhya Pradesh Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1968
  • Orissa Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1996

Services We Offer

We are Labour Law Consultants and at PCS, we provide following services in compliance to various Central / state specific legislations dealing with Labour Welfare Funds:

  • Providing day to day consultancy on matters pertaining to Labour Welfare Fund;
  • Correspondence / Liaisoning with Welfare Commisioner;
  • Timely Reminders for Depositing Contribution to Labour Welfare Funds;
  • Preparation & Submission of statement of Employer’s Contribution and Employees’ Contribution with Welfare Commissioner;
  • Preparation & Maintenance of various Registers like Register of Wages, Register of Unclaimed Wages, Register of Fines etc.;
  • Preparation & Submission of periodical Returns with Welfare Commissioner;
  • Preparation & Submission of extract of Registers with Welfare Commissioner;
  • Replying / Satisfying Show Cause Notices issued by Inspector / Welfare Commissioner;
  • Representing establishments before Inspector;
  • Assistance to establishments at the time of inspection and search of any premises by the Inspector;
  • Representing establishments at the time of enquiries conducted by the Inspector.

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