Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017


  • Bill enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts.
  • The bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated by the President in December 2016 to amend the Payment of Wages Act, 1936
Key Provisions:
  • Earlier, under the parent Act employer can pay his employee’s wages either by cheque or by crediting it into his bank account after obtaining his written authorisation.
  • Bill now permit the employer to pay an employee’s wages:
    • by cheque; or
    • by crediting them into his bank account or
    • in coin or currency notes.
  • It removes the requirement of obtaining prior written authorization for payment of wages by cheque or through a bank account.
  • It empowers Union or state government to specify certain industrial or other establishments where the employer should pay his employees only by:
    • cheque; or
    • crediting the wages in his bank account.

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