Special know for job class: work 4 days a week, 3 days off; The Government of India is preparing to introduce a new rule
- The new Labor Code may include a three-shift rule
- Sectors like IT and shared services will benefit the most
The central government may soon give good news to the working class. The government is likely to allow companies to plan 4 days work per week and 3 days leave with flexibility. However, this will require employees to work long shifts.
You have to work 48 hours a week
According to Labor Secretary Apurva Chandra, the 48-hour-a-week rule will continue, but companies may be allowed to work three shifts. According to Chandra, a 12-hour shift may allow him to work 4 days a week and take 3 days off. Similarly people with 10 hour shifts have to work 5 days and people with 8 hour shifts have to work 6 days a week.
There is no pressure to keep three shifts
Chandra says there will be no pressure on employees or companies about the three shifts. It will have flexibility. The plan is to keep pace with the changing work-culture. It will be part of the Labor Code. Once the rule is implemented, companies will not have to seek government approval for a 4 or 5 working week.
Leave must be given before starting a new work week
Chandra says companies will have to give employees leave before starting a new work week. Employees will have to take 3 days off if companies decide to have a 4 day work week. If 5 days work week is chosen then 2 days leave will have to be given. Experts on the scheme say that once the new labor code is implemented, companies will have the freedom to choose between 8 and 12 hours of workday. Companies can choose work days according to demand, industry and location.
Employees want more vacations to reduce work stress
Many employees believe that the week off should be met more. This helps to reduce the work stress of the employees. This rule will also benefit companies and reduce their office costs. At the same time the staff will be more active and productive.
The IT sector will benefit more
Experts believe that the rules attached to the work day will benefit the IT and shared services sectors. 20% to 30% of employees in the banking and financial services industries can take long weekends off by choosing a work shift of 4 or 5 days a week. Those working in profiles such as Human Resource and Financial Vertical can easily and quickly adopt this practice.
Fears of declining employment
However some experts believe that in companies running 24 hours a day from 12 hours a day only 2 shifts can run in 1 day. This can reduce employment opportunities. In addition, long shifts can affect employees’ work and life balance.