We have recently contributed
to a paper published by a major International Law firm on the employment and
remuneration regulations in Sri Lanka.
The Shop and Office
Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Act and the Maternity
Benefits Ordinance have been amended by Acts nos. 14 and 15, of 2018,
respectively, both of which were certified on 18 June 2018 to include:
the removal of the limit of eighty-four
working days paid maternity leave in respect of the first two children which
will now be available regardless of the number of children the employee has at
the relevant time;
under the Shop and Office Act the entitlement
to two nursing intervals during the course of a normal working day for female
employees who are nursing a child under one year of age; and
under the Maternity Benefits Ordinance, the
entitlement to twelve weeks’ paid leave regardless of the number of children
the employee has at the time of the confinement, where the confinement results
in a live birth and the additional provision that the maternity benefits/leave
provided for is to be in addition to any holiday or leave to which the employee
is entitled under any other law or regulation.
Amendments to minimum
There have also been
several Wages Boards decisions amending minimum wages. In addition to
amendments of minimum wages in nine trades notified during the course of July
2018, the Wages Boards have amended the minimum wages for a further nine trades
(including but not limited to coconut growing, rubber export, nursing home
etc.) who will see an increase in their wages as published in Gazette no.
2090/14 of 25 September 2018.
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