67.Prohibition of employment of young children.
No child who has not completed his fourteenth year shall be required or allowed to work in any factory.
68. Non-adult workers to carry tokens.
A child who has completed his fourteenth year or an adolescent shall not be required or allowed to work in any factory unless-
a) a certificate of fitness granted with reference to him under section 69 is in the custody of the manager of the factory; and
(b) such child or, adolescent carries while he is at work a token giving a reference to such certificate.
69. Certificates of fitness.
(1) A certifying surgeon shall , on the application of any young person or his parent or guardian accompanied by a document signed by the manager of a factory that such person will be employed therein if certified to be fit for work in a factory, or on the application of the manager of the factory in which any young person wishes to work, examine such person and ascertain his fitness for work in a factory.
(2) The certifying surgeon, after examination, may grant to such young person, in the prescribed form, or may renew
(a) a certificate of fitness to work in a factory as a child, if he is satisfied that the young person has completed his fourteenth yew, that he has attained the prescribed physical standards and that he is fit for such work;
(b) a certificate of fitness to work in a factory as an adult, if he is satisfied that the young person has completed his fifteenth year, ad is fit for a full day's work in a factory:
Provided that unless the certifying surgeon has personal knowledge of the place where the young person proposes to work and of the manufacturing process in which he will be employed, he shall not grant or renew a certificate under this sub-section until he has examined such place.
(3) A certificate of fitness granted or renewed under sub-section (2)-
shall be valid only for a period of twelve months from the date thereof;
may be made subject to condition .in regard to the nature of the work in which the young person may be employed, or requiring re-examination of the young person before the expiry of the period of twelve months.
(4) A certifying surgeon shall revoke any certificate granted or renewed under sub-section (2) if in his opinion the holder of it is no longer fit to work in the capacity stated therein in a factory.
(5) Where a certifying surgeon refuses to grant or renew a certificate or a certificate of the kind requested or revokes a certificate, he shall, if so requested by any person who could have applied for the certificate or the renewal thereof, state his reasons in writing for so doing.
(6) Where a certificate under this section with reference to any young person is granted or renewed subject to such conditions as are referred to in clause (b) of sub--section (3), the young person shall not be required or allowed to work in any factory except in accordance with those conditions.
(7) Any fee payable for a certificate under this section shall be paid by the occupier and shall not be recoverable from the young person, his parents or guardian.
70. Effect of certificate of fitness granted to adolescent.
(I)An adolescent who has been granted a certificate of fitness to work in a factory as an adult under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 69, and Who while at work in a factory carries a token giving reference to the certificate, shall be deemed to be an adult for all the purposes of Chapters VI and VIII.
(IA) No female adolescent or a male adolescent who has not attained the age of seventeen years but who has been granted a certificate of fitness to work in a factory as an adult, shall he required or allowed to work in any factory except between 6 A.M. and 7 P.M.
Provided that the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, in respect of any factory or group or class or description of factories—
(i) vary the limits laid down in this sub-section so, however, that no such section shall authorize the employment of any female adolescent between 10 P.M. and 5 A.M.;
(ii) grant exemption from the provisions of this sub-section in case of serious emergency where national interest is involved.]
(2) An adolescent who has not been granted a certificate of fitness to work in a factory as an adult under the aforesaid clause (b) shall, notwithstanding his age, be deemed to be a child for all the purposes of this Act.
71. Working hours for children.
(I)No child shall be employed or permitted to work, in any factory-
(a) for more than four and a half hours in any day;
(b)during the night.
Explanation: For the purposes of this sub-section 'night' shall mean a period of at least twelve consecutive hours which shall include the interval between 10 P.M. and 6A.M.
(2) The period of work of all children employed in a factory shall be limited to two shifts which shall not overlap or spread over more than five hours each,. and each child shall be employed in only one of the relays which shall not, except with the previous permission in writing of the Chief Inspector, be changed more frequently than once in a period of thirty days.
(3) The provisions of section 52 shall apply also to child workers and no exemption from the provisions of that section may be granted in respect of any child.
(4) No child shall be required or allowed to work in any factory on any day on which he has already been working in another factory.
(5) No female child shall be required or allowed to work in any factory except between.8 A.M. and 7 P.M.
72. Notice of periods of work for children.
(1) There shall be displayed and correctly maintained in every factory in which children are employed, in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 108 a notice of period of work for children, showing clearly for every day the periods during which children may be required or allowed to work.
(2) The periods shown in the notice required by sub-section (1) shall be fixed beforehand in accordance with the method laid down for adult workers in section 6 1, and shall be such that children working for those periods would not be working in contravention of any of the provisions of section 71.
(3) The provisions of sub-sections (8), (9) and (10) of section 61 shall apply also
to the notice required by sub-section (1) of this section.
73. Register of child workers.
73. (1) The manager of every factory in which children are employed shall maintain a register of child workers, to be available to the Inspector at all times during working hours or when any work is being carried on in a factory, showing-
(a) the name of each child worker in the factory,
(b) the nature of his work,
(c) the group, if any, in which he is included,
(d) where his group works in shifts, the relay to which he is allotted, and
(e) the number of his certificate of fitness granted under section 69.
( IA) No child worker shall be required or allowed to work in any factory unless his name and other particulars have been entered in the register of child workers.
(2) The State Government may prescribe the form of the register of child workers, the manner in which it shall be maintained and the period for which it shall be preserved.
74. Hours of work to correspond with notice under section 72 and register under section 73.
No child shall be employed in any factory otherwise than in accordance with the notice of periods of work for children displayed in the factory and the entries made beforehand against his name in the register of child workers of the factory.
75. Power to require medical examination.
Where an Inspector is of opinion-
(a) that any person working in a factory without a certificate of fitness is a young person, or
(b) that a young person working in a factory with a certificate of fitness is no longer fit to work in the capacity stated therein,-
he may serve on the manager of the factory a notice requiring that such person or young person, as the case may be, shall be examined by a certifying surgeon, and such person or young person shall not, if the Inspector so directs, be employed, or permitted to work, in any factory until he has been so examined and has been granted a certificate of fitness or a fresh certificate of fitness, as the case may be, under section 69, or has been certified by the certifying surgeon examining him not to be a young person.
76. Power to make rules.
The State Government may make rules-
(a) Prescribing the forms of certificate of fitness to be g ranted under section 69, providing for the grant of duplicates in the event of loss of the original certificate and fixing the fees which may be charged for such certificates and renewals thereof and such duplicates;
(b) prescribing the physical standards to be attained by children and adoles- cents working in factories;
(c) regulating the procedure of certifying surgeons under this Chapter:
(d) specifying other duties which certifying surgeons may be required to perform in connection with the employment of young persons in factories, and fixing the fees which may be charged for such duties and the persons by whom they shall be payable.
77. Certain other provisions of law not barred.
The provisions of this Chapter shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of the Employment of Children Act, 1938 (26 of 1939).
ANNUAL LEAVE WITH WAGES
78. Application of Chapter.
(I)The provisions of this Chapter shall not operate to the prejudice of any right to which a worker may be entitled under any other law or under the terms of any award, ''[agreement (including settlement)] or contract of service:
Provided that if such award, agreement (including settlement) or contract of service provides for a longer annual leave with wages than provided in this Chapter, the quantum of leave, which the worker shall be entitled to, shall be in accordance with such award, agreement or contract of service, but in relation to matters not provided for in such award, agreement or contract of service or matters which are provided for less favourably therein, the provisions of sections 79 to 82, so far as may be, shall apply.]
(2) The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to workers [in any factory] of any railway administered by the Government, who are governed by leave rules approved by the Central Government.
79. Annual leave with wages.
(1) Every worker who has worked for a period of 240 days or more in a factory during a calendar year shall be allowed during the subsequent calendar year, leave with wages for a number of days calculated at the rate of-
(i) if an adult, one day for every twenty days of work performed by him during the previous calendar year;
(it) if a child, one day for every fifteen days of work performed by him during the previous calendar year.
Explanation 1 : For the purpose of this sub-section-
(a) any days of lay off, by agreement or contract or as permissible under the standing orders;
(b) in the case of a female worker, maternity leave for any number of days not exceeding twelve weeks; and
(c) the leave earned in the year prior to that in which the leave is enjoyed;
shall be deemed to be days on which the worker has worked in a factory for the purpose of computation of the period of 240 days or more, but he shall not cam leave for these days.
Explanation 2: The leave admissible under this sub-section shall be exclusive of all holidays whether occurring during or at either end of the period of leave. (2) A worker whose service commences otherwise than on the first day of
January shall be entitled to leave with wages at the rate laid down. in clause (1) or, as the case may be, clause (it) of sub-section (1) if he has worked for two- thirds of the total number of days in the remainder of the calendar year.
(3) If a worker is discharged or dismissed from service or quits his employment or is superannuated or dies while in service, during the course of the calendar year, he or his heir or nominee, as the case may be, shall be entitled to wages in lieu of the quantum of leave to which he was entitled immediately before his discharge, dismissal, quitting of employment, superannuation or death calculated at the rates specified in sub-section (1), even if he had not worked for the entire period specified in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) making him eligible to avail of such leave, and such payment shall be made-
(i) where the worker is discharged or dismissed or quits employment before the expiry of the second working day from the date of such discharge, dismissal or quitting; and
(ii) where the worker is superannuated or dies while in service, before the expiry of two months from the date of superannuation or death.
(4) In calculating leave under this section, fraction of leave of half a day or more shall be treated as one full days leave, and fraction of less than half a day shall be omitted.
(5) If a worker does not in any one calendar year take the whole of the leave allowed to him under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), as the case may be any leave not taken by him shall be added to the leave to be allowed to him in the succeeding calendar year :
Provided that the total number of days of leave that may be carried forward to a succeeding year shall not exceed thirty in the case of an adult or forty in, the case of a child:
Provided further that a worker, who has applied for leave with wages but has not been given such leave in accordance with any scheme laid down in sub- sections (8) and (9) or in contravention of sub-section (10) l shall be entitled to carry forward the [leave refused] without any limit.
(6) A worker may at any time apply in writing to the manager of a factory not less than fifteen days before the date on which he wishes his leave to begin, to take all the leave or any portion thereof allowable to him during the calendar year:
Provided that the application shall be made not less than thirty days before the date on which the worker wishes his leave to begin ,if he is employed in a public utility service as defined in clause (n) of section 2 of the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947 (14 of 1947):
Provided further that the number of times in which leave may be taken during any year shall not exceed three.
(7) If a worker wants to avail himself of the leave with wages due to him to cover a period of illness he shall be granted such leave even if the application for leave is not made within the time specified in sub-section (6); and in such a case wages as admissible under section 81 shall be paid not later than fifteen days, or in the case of a public utility service not later than thirty days from the date of the application for leave.
(8) For the purpose of ensuring the continuity of work, the occupier or manager of the factory, in agreement with the Works Committee of The factory constituted under section 3 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1940'(14 of 1947 or a similar Committee constituted under any other Act or if there is no such Works Committee or a similar Committee in the factory, in agreement with the representatives of the workers therein chosen in the prescribed manner, may, lodge with the Chief Inspector a scheme in writing whereby the grant of leave allowable under this section may be regulated.
(9) A scheme lodged under sub-section (8) shall be displayed at some conspicuous and convenient places in the factory and shall be in force for a period of twelve months from the date on which it comes into force, and may thereafter be renewed with or without modification for a further period of twelve months at a time, by the manager in agreement with the Works Committee or a similar Committee, or as the case may be, in agreement with the representatives of the workers as specified in sub-section (8), and a notice of renewal shall be sent to the Chief Inspector before it is renewed.
(10) An application for leave which does not contravene the provisions of sub- section (6) shall not be refused, unless refusal is in accordance with the scheme for the time being in operation under sub-sections (8) and (9).
(11) If the employment of a worker who is entitled to leave under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), as the case may be, is terminated by the occupier before he has taken the entire leave to which he is entitled, or if having applied for and having not been granted such leave, the worker quits his employment before he has taken the leave, the occupier of the factory shall pay him the amount payable under section 80 in respect of the leave not taken, and such payment shall be made, where the employment of the worker is terminated by the occupier, before the expiry of the second working day after such termination, and where a worker who quits his employment, on or before the next pay day. (12) The unavailed leave of a worker shall not be taken into consideration in
computing the period of any notice required to be given before discharge or dismissal.
80. Wages during leave period.
(1) For the leave allowed to him under section 78 or section 79, as the case may be] a worker shall be entitled to wages at a rate equal to the daily average of his total full time earnings for the days on which he actually worked during the month immediately preceding his leave, exclusive of any overtime and bonus but inclusive of dearness allowance and the cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sale to the worker of food grains and other articles:
Provided that in the case of a worker who has not worked on any day during the calendar month immediately preceding his leave, he shall be paid at a rate equal to the daily average of his total full time earnings for the days on which he actually worked during the last calendar month preceding his leave, in which he actually worked, exclusive of any overtime and bonus but inclusive of dearness allowance and the cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sate to the workers of food grains and other articles.
(2) The cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sale to the worker of food grains and other articles shall be computed as often as may be prescribed, on the basis of the maximum quantity of food grains and other articles admissible to a standard family.
Explanation 1: 'Standard family' means a family consisting of a worker, his or her spouse and two children below the age of fourteen years requiring in all three adult consumption units.
Explanation 2: Adult consumption unit means the consumption unit of a male above the age of fourteen years; and the consumption unit of a female above the age of fourteen years and that of a child below the age of fourteen years shall be calculated at the rates of 0.8 and 0.6 respectively of one adult consumption unit.
(3) The State Government may make rules prescribing-
(a) the manner in which the cash equivalent of the advantage accruing through the concessional sale to a worker of food grains and other articles shall be computed; and
(b) the registers that shall be maintained in a factory for the purpose of securing compliance with the provisions of this section.
81. Payment In advance In certain cases.
A worker who has been allowed leave for not less than four days, in the case of an adult, and five days, in the case of a child, shall, before his leave begins, he paid the wages due for the period of the leave allowed.
82. Mode of recovery of unpaid wages.
Any sum required to be paid by an employer, under this chapter but not paid by him shall be recoverable as delayed wages under the provisions of the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 (4 of 1936).
83. Power to make rules.
The State Government may make rules directing managers of factories to keep registers containing such particulars as may be prescribed and requiring the registers to be made available for examination by Inspectors.
84. Powers to exempt factories.
Where the State Government is satisfied that the leave rules applicable to workers in a factory provide benefits which in its opinion are not less favourable than those for which this Chapter makes provision it may, by written order, exempt the factory from all or any of the provisions of this Chapter subject to such conditions as may be specified in the order.
Explanation: For the purposes of this section, in deciding whether the benefits which are provided for by any leave rules are less favourable than those for which this Chapter makes provision, or not, the totality of the benefits shall be taken into account.