- Maintenance of Industrial peace.
- Ensuring wages, safety, welfare, working hours, weekly & other holidays, leave,, bonus and gratuity etc. for workers.
- Promotion of welfare and social security of workers by implementation of schemes.
Main Activities of the Department:
The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 provides machinery for settlement of industrial disputes through conciliation and adjudication. The thrust of Conciliation is to avert strikes, lockouts and other work stoppages and thereby promote harmony and industrial peace. The Officers from the cadre of Asst. Commissioner of Labour to Commissioner of Labour have been notified as conciliation officers under Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. They take up industrial disputes existing or apprehended and resolve through facilitation of negotiations between the workers and managements. The disputes remained not resolved in conciliation would be referred to Industrial Tribunals/Labour Courts for adjudication.
2. Quasi-Judicial Activities:
The Officers of Labour Department from Asst. Commissioner of Labour to Commissioner of Labour have been notified as Quasi-Judicial Authorities under various labour Acts for expeditious settlement of claims for wages, gratuity and compensation etc. and reinstatement in service in Shops & Establishments. The important quasi-judicial authorities are authority under Minimum Wages Act, Commissioner for employees compensation under Employees Compensation Act, Controlling Authority under Payment of Gratuity Act and Authorities under Shops and Establishments Act.
3. Inspections and Prosecutions:
The officers of the department have been notified as Inspectors under Labour Acts and statutory inspections taken up in accordance with rationalized and systematized inspection procedure to ensure safety, welfare and conditions of service of workers. Prosecutions are initiated on serious violations.
The Govt. vide G.O.Ms. No. 31, LET & F (Lab) Department, Dt: 10.12.2015 have issued orders pertaining to the system of inspections under various labour laws. The objective is to bring more transparency in the inspection procedures by introducing Computerized System of Risk Assessment based Inspections with random allocation of Inspecting Officers. The Govt. have also issued orders introducing a Self-Certification Scheme covering certain Labour Laws for the Establishments to which those Laws are applicable. The emphasis is on making things easy for establishments who voluntarily comply with Labour Laws.
The Government of Telangana vide G.O.Ms. No. 47, LET & F (Lab) Department, Dt: 10.06.2016 introduced Third Party Audit Scheme for Medium Risk Industries / Establishments in accordance with the norms of Ease of Doing Business.
The Government of Telangana vide G.O.Ms. No. 18, LET & F (Lab) Department, Dt: 16.06.2015 have issued orders permitting all Shops & Establishments to keep open on all 365 days of the year in Telangana State for a period of one (1) year and the same was extended for a further period of (3) years vide G.O.Ms. No. 51, LET & F (Lab) Department, Dt: 16.06.2016 subject to certain conditions stipulated therein.
4. Registration and Licensing:
Establishments are Registered/ Licensed and renewed under respective Acts like Telangana Shops & Establishments. Act, Motor Transport Workers Act, Building and Other Construction Workers Act, Beedi & Cigar Workers Act, Contract Labour Act, Inter State Migrant Workmen Act etc. Trade Unions are registered under Trade Unions Act. Building and other construction workers are registered as beneficiaries. Officers from Asst. Labour Officer to Commissioner of Labour have been notified as registering/licensing officers. Under Ease Of Doing Business each officer of the District from Assistant Labour Officer to Deputy Commissioner of Labour approve applications through online under the Shops & Establishments Act (Registration, Renewal and Notice of Change), Contract Labour Act (Principal Employer and Contractor) and BOCWW Act (Registration).
5. Implementation of Minimum Wages:
Under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, minimum wages are fixed based on basic survival needs of the workers and their families and revised once in five years. Cost of living allowance (VDA) is notified once in six months effective 1st April and 1st October. Minimum wages have been notified for 73 scheduled employments including 65 industry related employments and 8 agriculture and allied employments. Minimum Wages have been fixed on the recommendations of the State Minimum Wages Advisory Board/Committees. The Officers of the department who have been notified as inspectors file claims before the authorities for difference in wages in case of payment of less wages noticed on inspections/complaints. The officers of the department are notified as Authorities to hear and settle the claims expeditiously by summary proceedings.
6. Employees Compensation:
The Officers from Asst. Commissioner of Labour to Commissioner of Labour have been notified as Commissioners for Employees Compensation under the Employees Compensation Act, 1923. The Asst. Commissioners of Labour and Dy. Commissioners of Labour hear claims and award compensation in cases of accidental death or disability occurred in the course of employment. The Commissioners also apportion the amount of compensation among the dependents of the deceased workers and secure the apportioned compensation in case of minors and legally disable persons, in fixed deposits.
7. Elimination of Child Labour:
The Department enforces the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 and other child labour laws towards elimination of child labour.