Cabinet approves to increase minimum legal working age

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Cabinet of Ministers has approved to enable the increase of the minimum age of engagement in service up to 16 years.

The relevant labor law will be amended to increase the minimum age of employment for employees to 16 years.

Accordingly, the Legal Draftsman has formulated the drafted laws for the amendment of the following acts and regulations:

  • Act (Regularizing the employer and wages) on shops and office employees No. 19 (Authority 129) of 1954
  • Act on the engagement of women, youth, and children in service No. 47 of 1956
  • The ordinance from which the minimum wages (lndian Labourers) were amended (Authority 135)
  • Factories Ordinance No. 45 of 1942

The orders published in the gazette extraordinary of the Government No. 11573 dated 31.10.1958 formulated under the provisions of the Employees Provident Fund No. 15 of 1958.

The proposal, submitted by the Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers for submission of the said draft bills to the Parliament after publishing in the government gazette notifications as well as for tabling the orders declared as per the provisions of the Employees Provident Fund No 15 of 1958 in the Parliament.

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