Amendment of legislations

  1. Employees Provident Fund Act No.15 of 1958


  • Empowerment of Labour Tribunals for the recovery of defaulted payments which is currently under the jurisdiction of magistrate courts
  • Making orders which require the registration in the EPF within a specified period of time after being recruited for employment
  • Informing the member about the crediting of EPF contributions through a mobile phone text message
  • Using the NIC number as the EPF number
  • Exempting Sri Lankan workers who work abroad and pay contributions in Sri Lanka from the payment of social security contributions in those countries


  1. Transferring the power to recover statutory arrears to the Labour Tribunals


  1. Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950


  • In cases filed by workers before Labour Tribunals challenging unfair dismissal from service by employers, granting authority for non-lawyer representatives to make submissions on behalf of workers
  • Transferring the authority for the enforcement of orders issued by Labour Tribunals in respect of unfair dismissal of workers to Labour Tribunals
  • Prescribing a time limit for giving the final disciplinary ruling against workers having interdicted or initiated other forms of disciplinary action by employees for misconduct


  1. Introducing Special Provisions Bill for granting concurrent judicial powers to Labour Tribunals and Magistrates’ Courts to hear cases relating to industrial offences


  1. Increasing the maximum compensation up to Rs. 2 Mn. From Rs. 550,000/- paid to a worker injured while commuting to work or during the course of employment


  1. Increasing the minimum salary of private sector employees from Rs. 10,000/= to Rs. 12,500/=


  1. Under Employment of Women, Young Persons and Children Act No.47 of 1956, 50 jobs have been designated as hazardous and this list is to be amended to include 30 more jobs.


  1. Relaxing the relevant service conditions by amending the Shops and Office Employees Act while safeguarding the rights of workers (Especially ensuring the security of women workers) engaged in the fields of Information Technology based Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) and Business Process (BPO) which are operated internationally


  1. Introduction of a new Act on Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare


  1. Increasing the minimum age of employment up to 16 years in labour legislations concurrent to the compulsory age of education of 16 years


  1. Introduction of a Single Employment Law incorporating all service conditions in order to remove anomalies and complexities in enactments of laws & regulations and simplifying them and to ensure rights of workers & increase welfare.



  1. Giving legal coverage of labour laws to domestic workers extending social security benefits to them


  1. Adoption of modern digital techniques for the provision of a more efficient service to clients outside of traditional methods of service delivery


  1. Introducing a system for the determination of retirement age on international standards