Fired From Job? Get 9 Months Of Salary Plus Medical Benefits; Bill Proposed In Rajya Sabha

Fired From Job? Get 9 Months Of Salary Plus Medical Benefits; Bill Proposed In Rajya Sabha
Fired From Job? Get 9 Months Of Salary Plus Medical Benefits; Bill Proposed In Rajya Sabha

A private member’s bill, The Terminated Employees (Welfare) Bill, 2020, was introduced inRajya Sabha in the recently concluded first phase of Parliament’s Budget session.

Read to find out more about this bill…

What is the Bill About?

The Terminated Employees (Welfare) Bill, 2020, has been introduced in Rajya Sabha seeking to provide a minimum nine months time with assured income in case of termination of employees due to economic slowdown, employer becoming insolvent and change in technology among others. 

According to the bill, the terminated employee shall be entitled to unemployment compensation health insurance benefits or any other benefits as may be prescribed by the Central government, if such benefits are not part of the employee-employer agreement, for nine months or till the time he gets employed elsewhere, whichever is earlier.

Many times a private member’s bill doesn’t get passed and usually gets stuck at the introduction stage. If this bill does get passed, it will be beneficial for the employees and also keep the companies’ lay-offs in check.

Why is this Bill Being Introduced?

In the bill’s statement of objects and reasons, Sinha said, “At present, there is no law to ensure that the employers provide terminal benefits in time and which makes provision for education, medical facilities etc., to the families of employees who have been terminated. The bill seeks to achieve the above objective.” 

Additionally he said, “After employment, a person often takes a few loans to meet his needs, gets their children admitted at a certain level of school. All this cannot come to a halt without any of his faults. The family of the employee should not suffer because of such events.” 

The BJP MP said, therefore, the bill provides for minimum nine months time with assured income to the terminated employees which will give them enough time to reassign themselves to new employment without disturbing the existing set up of their family.

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