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The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976

The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976

In order to implement the Constitutional provision of Article 39 (which envisages that the State shall direct its policy, among other things, towards securing that there is equal pay for equal work for both men and women) The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 has been legislated. This act was enacted to prevent discrimination between workers on grounds of gender, in matters of wage fixing, transfers, training and promotion. It provides for payment of equal remuneration to men and women workers, for same work or work of similar nature and for the prevention of discrimination against women in the matters of employment.

There is a provision under the Act for constitution of Advisory Committee for the purpose of providing increasing employment opportunities for women. The Inspecting Officers/Inspectors of the Labour Department enforce the provisions of the Act in the jurisdictions assigned to them under the administrative control of the respective Labour Officers, Assistant Labour Commissioners and Deputy Labour Commissioners.

In case of contravention of the provisions of the Act, the punishment provided is fine which shall not be less than Rs.10,000, but which may extend to Rs.20,000/- or with the imprisonment for a term, which shall not be less than three months, but which may extend to one year or with both, for the first offence and imprisonment which may extend to two years for the second and subsequent offences.

Ref - http://india.gov.in/business/legal_aspects/equal_remuneration.php