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Gratuity act 1972 : 

Gratuity act 1972 By Gyan Agnihotri 11-Sep-10 1 gyan aagnihotri

PAYMENT OF GRATUITY ACT, 1972 : 

PAYMENT OF GRATUITY ACT, 1972 An Act to provide for a scheme for the payment of gratuity to employees engaged in factories, mines, oilfields, plantations, ports, railway companies, shops or other establishments 11-Sep-10 2 gyan aagnihotri

Application of this Act : 

Application of this Act (a) every factory, mine, oilfield, plantation, port and railway company; (b) every shop or establishment within the meaning of any law in which ten or more persons are employed, or were employed, on any day of the preceding twelve months; (c) such other establishments or class of establishments, in which ten or more employees are employed, or were employed, on any day of the preceding twelve months, as the Central Government may, by notification, specify in this behalf. (Wide application. Only condition- 10 or more employees) 11-Sep-10 3 gyan aagnihotri

Application- if No. of employees reduced! : 

Application- if No. of employees reduced! Once this Act is applied to a shop or establishment It shall continue to be governed by this Act Even if the number of persons employed gets reduced at a later date. 11-Sep-10 4 gyan aagnihotri

Employee : 

Employee any person (other than an apprentice) employed on wages, in any establishment, factory, mine, oilfield, plantation, port, railway company or shop, to do any skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled, manual, supervisory, technical or clerical work, whether the terms of such employment are expressed or implied and whether or not such person is employed in a managerial or administrative capacity, but does not include any such person who holds a post under the Central Government or a State Government and is governed by any other Act or by any rules providing for payment of gratuity. 11-Sep-10 5 gyan aagnihotri

Retirement and superannuation : 

Retirement and superannuation Retirement means termination of the service of an employee otherwise than on superannuation; superannuation in relation to an employee, means the attainment by the employee of such age as is fixed in the contract or conditions of service as the age on the attainment of which the employee shall vacate the employment. 11-Sep-10 6 gyan aagnihotri

Wages : 

Wages all emoluments which are earned by an employee while on duty or on leave in accordance with the terms and conditions of his employment and which are paid or are payable to him in cash and includes dearness allowance BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE any bonus, commission, house rent allowance, overtime wages and any other allowance 11-Sep-10 7 gyan aagnihotri

Family : 

Family family", in relation to an employee, shall be deemed to consist of in the case of a male employee, himself, his wife, his children, whether married or unmarried, his dependent parents the dependent parents of his wife and the widow and children of his predeceased son, if any 11-Sep-10 8 gyan aagnihotri

Family : 

Family in the case of a female employee, herself, her husband, her children, whether married or unmarried, her dependent parents and the dependent parents of her husband and the widow and children of her predeceased son, if any 11-Sep-10 9 gyan aagnihotri

Can adopted children become family members? : 

Can adopted children become family members? Where the personal law of an employee permits the adoption by him of a child, any child lawfully adopted by him shall be deemed to be included in his family, and where a child of an employee has been adopted by another person and such adoption is, under the personal law of the person making such adoption, lawful, such child shall be deemed to be excluded from the family of the employee 11-Sep-10 10 gyan aagnihotri

4.Who is eligible for gratuity and when? : 

4.Who is eligible for gratuity and when? Gratuity shall be payable to an employee on the termination of his employment after he has rendered continuous service for not less than five years,- (a) on his superannuation, or (b) on his retirement or resignation, or (c) on his death or disablement(five year service not required) due to accident or disease: SHOULD AN EMPLOYEE DISMISSED FROM SERVICE FOR PROVED MISCONDUCT BE PAID GRATUITY? 11-Sep-10 11 gyan aagnihotri

4. Who should get if employee dies? : 

4. Who should get if employee dies? in the case of death of the employee, gratuity payable to him shall be paid to his nominee or, if no nomination has been made, to his heirs, and where any such nominees or heirs is a minor, the share of such minor shall be deposited with the controlling authority (i.e. government officer) who shall invest the same for the benefit of such minor in such bank or other financial institution, as may be prescribed, until such minor attains majority. 11-Sep-10 12 gyan aagnihotri

Amount of Gratuity- how much? : 

Amount of Gratuity- how much? For every completed year of service or part thereof in excess of six months, the employer shall pay gratuity to an employee at the rate of fifteen days’ wages based on the rate of wages last drawn by the employee concerned 11-Sep-10 13 gyan aagnihotri

How to Compute wages for Gratuity to Piece rated employees? : 

How to Compute wages for Gratuity to Piece rated employees? In the case of a piece rated employee, daily wages shall be computed on the average of the total wages received by him for a period of three months immediately preceding the termination of his employment, and, for this purpose, the wages paid for any overtime work shall not be taken into account (in a piece rated system there may not be the concept of basic, DA, HRA, CCA etc.) 11-Sep-10 14 gyan aagnihotri

Computation of Gratuity for employees in seasonal employment : 

Computation of Gratuity for employees in seasonal employment in the case of an employee who is employed in a seasonal establishment and who is not so employed throughout the year, the employer shall pay the gratuity at the rate of seven days’ wages for each season 11-Sep-10 15 gyan aagnihotri

How to calculate gratuity equal to 15 days wages? : 

How to calculate gratuity equal to 15 days wages? In the case of a monthly rated employee, the fifteen days’ wages shall be calculated by dividing the monthly rate of wages last drawn by him by twenty-six and multiplying the quotient by fifteen Example Monthly wages Rs. 13000 Divide it by 26 = the quotient you got is Rs. 500 Multiply Rs.500 (quotient) x 15 days = Rs.7500 (i.e. the gratuity payable for each completed year of service or part in excess of six months thereof). 11-Sep-10 16 gyan aagnihotri

Maximum limit on Gratuity : 

Maximum limit on Gratuity The amount of gratuity payable to an employee shall not exceed three lakhs and fifty thousand rupees (Rs.350,000) If there is an award, agreement or contract For higher amount of gratuity It is allowed. 11-Sep-10 17 gyan aagnihotri

Gratuity to disabled employees : 

Gratuity to disabled employees computing the gratuity payable to an employee who is re-employed, after his disablement, on reduced wages, his wages for the period preceding his disablement, shall be taken to be the wages received by him during that period, and his wages for the period subsequent to his disablement shall be taken to be the wages as so reduced. 11-Sep-10 18 gyan aagnihotri

Forfeiture of Gratuity : 

Forfeiture of Gratuity An employee, whose services have been terminated for any act, willful omission or negligence causing any damage or loss to, or destruction of, property belonging to the employer, shall be forfeited to the extent of the damage or loss so caused; the gratuity payable to an employee may be wholly or partially forfeited if the services of such employee have been terminated for his riotous or disorderly conduct or any other act of violence on his part, or if the services of such employee have been terminated for any act which constitutes an offence involving moral turpitude, provided that such offence is committed by him in the course of his employment 11-Sep-10 19 gyan aagnihotri

4A. Compulsory insurance : 

4A. Compulsory insurance Every employer shall obtain an insurance, for his liability towards payment of gratuity under this Act, from the Life Insurance Corporation of India Exceptions state and central governments every employer employing five hundred or more persons who establishes an approved gratuity fund appropriate government may, exempt any employer who had already established an approved gratuity fund and who desires to continue such arrangement 11-Sep-10 20 gyan aagnihotri

Registration of Establishments : 

Registration of Establishments every employer shall get his establishment registered with the controlling authority in the prescribed manner and no employer shall be registered under the provisions of this section unless he has taken an insurance or has established an approved gratuity fund 11-Sep-10 21 gyan aagnihotri

Employer’s failure to pay insurance premium : 

Employer’s failure to pay insurance premium Where an employer fails to make any payment by way of premium to the insurance or by way of contribution to an approved gratuity fund he shall be liable to pay the amount of gratuity due under this Act including interest, if any, for delayed payments forthwith to the controlling authority. 11-Sep-10 22 gyan aagnihotri

Punishment for failure to pay premium or Gratuity : 

Punishment for failure to pay premium or Gratuity Shall be punishable with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees and in the case of a continuing offence with a further fine which may extend to one thousand rupees for each day during which the offence continues. 11-Sep-10 23 gyan aagnihotri

6. Nomination : 

6. Nomination An employee, who has completed one year of service, shall make nomination An employee may, in his nomination, distribute the amount of gratuity payable, to more than one nominee Employees having family shall make nomination in favour of one or more family members only Employee not having family may make nomination in favour of other person/s but such nominations becomes invalid if he acquires a family at a later date. Thus he/she has to make fresh nomination after acquiring the family. 11-Sep-10 24 gyan aagnihotri

6. Nomination : 

6. Nomination Employee has the right to change the nomination in accordance with the provisions of this Act If a nominee predeceases the employee, the interest of the nominee shall revert to the employee who shall make a fresh nomination Every nomination, fresh nomination or alteration of nomination, as the case may be, shall be sent by the employee to his employer,who shall keep the same in his safe custody. 11-Sep-10 25 gyan aagnihotri

7. Employer to initiate calculation and notice of payment : 

7. Employer to initiate calculation and notice of payment Any person eligible to receive gratuity shall make an application to the employer for payment of the same within the prescribed time. Whether an application is made or not the employer shall determine the amount payable and give notice to the eligible person/s and to The controlling authority Specifying the amount of gratuity determined 11-Sep-10 26 gyan aagnihotri

Time limit for payment of gratuity : 

Time limit for payment of gratuity The employer shall arrange to pay the amount of gratuity within thirty days from the date it becomes payable If not paid within the period stipulated above employer is liable to pay interest for the delayed payment Interest is not payable if the delay was caused due to the fault of the employee and the employer has obtained permission in writing from the controlling authority for the delayed payment on this ground If there is any dispute as to the amount payable or the persons eligible to receive it the employer shall deposit amount as per his calculation with the controlling authority. 11-Sep-10 27 gyan aagnihotri

Procedure for resolving the disputes : 

Procedure for resolving the disputes Where there is a dispute the aggrieved party shall make an application to the controlling authority for deciding the dispute. controlling authority shall, after due inquiry and after giving the parties to the dispute a reasonable opportunity of being heard, determine the matter and pass appropriate orders 11-Sep-10 28 gyan aagnihotri

Payment by Controlling authority : 

Payment by Controlling authority controlling authority shall pay the amount deposited to the person entitled to the applicant where he is the employee, or where the applicant is not the employee, to the nominee or, as the case may be, the guardian of such nominee or heir of the employee if the controlling authority is satisfied that there is no dispute as to the right of the applicant to receive the amount of gratuity. 11-Sep-10 29 gyan aagnihotri

Powers of controlling authority : 

Powers of controlling authority The controlling authority shall have the powers under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 in respect of the following matters, namely (a) enforcing the attendance of any person or examining him on oath; (b) requiring the discovery and production of documents; (c) receiving evidence on affidavits; (d) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses. 11-Sep-10 30 gyan aagnihotri

Appeal against the order of controlling authority : 

Appeal against the order of controlling authority Appeal if any shall be made within 60 days form the date of the order Appeal by employer will not be admitted unless the disputed amount is deposited appellate authority, after giving the parties to the appeal a reasonable opportunity of being heard, confirm, modify or reverse the decision of the controlling authority 11-Sep-10 31 gyan aagnihotri

7A. Inspector and his powers : 

7A. Inspector and his powers Government shall appoint inspectors to implement the provisions of this Act Every inspector is deemed to be a public servant under the Indian Penal Code 1860 Inspectors will have powers to require an employer to furnish any information enter and inspect any place of work for the purpose of examining any register, record or notice or other document required to be kept or exhibited under this Act 11-Sep-10 32 gyan aagnihotri

7A. Inspector and his powers : 

7A. Inspector and his powers May examine the employer or any employee make copies of, or take extracts from, any register, record, notice or other document, as he may consider relevant search and seize, such register, record, notice or other document as he may consider relevant in respect of any offence persons required to produce any register, record, notice or other document or to give any information are duty bound to do so under section 175 and 176 of the Indian Penal Code 1860. Exercise any other power prescribed by the state section 94 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 shall apply to search and seize 11-Sep-10 33 gyan aagnihotri

8. Recovery of gratuity : 

8. Recovery of gratuity If the amount of gratuity payable under this Act is not paid by the employer, within the prescribed time, the controlling authority shall, on an application made to it in this behalf by the aggrieved person, issue a certificate for that amount to the Collector, who shall recover the same, together with compound interest thereon as arrears of land revenue and pay the same to the person entitled. controlling authority shall, before issuing a certificate under this section, give the employer a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the issue of such certificate: Amount of interest shall not be more than the amount of gratuity payable 11-Sep-10 34 gyan aagnihotri

13. Protection of gratuity : 

13. Protection of gratuity gratuity payable Shall NOT be liable to attachment in execution of any decree or order of any civil, revenue or criminal court 11-Sep-10 35 gyan aagnihotri

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