The Employers' Federation of Ceylon

Thursday, 18 July 2019 16:24

At the National Labour Advisory Committee meeting held last week, the Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations stated that the government wishes to codify four Acts that are currently in force, including the Shop and Office Act and the Wages Boards Ordinance, in order to formulate one law thereby simplifying the processes related thereto.


The Commissioner General of Labour, who has been tasked with formulating a proposal to bring our Labour Laws up to date and in a manner that takes into account the latest developments in relation to the ‘world of work’ - such as the emergence of ‘diverse forms of employment’ as well as the need to repeal/reform laws that hinder women from participating in the workforce - e.g. the restrictions placed in performing ‘night work’, thereafter tabled a draft which he hopes could be finalized in discussion with the stakeholders.


The Commissioner General of Labour, explaining the rationale behind the measures incorporated in draft Act, stated that the proposals look after the interests of all stakeholders and cited examples of flexibility offered to employers as well as provisions that have strengthened worker rights, especially legal provisions that prohibit all forms of discrimination.


The EFC is in the process of evaluating the contents of the draft and will make its observations known in due course. In the meantime, we thought of sharing the rationale for the newly drafted legislation for your information, which you could access by clicking on the link given below;


Rationale :

Draft Act : 



We welcome your initial remarks and observations by employers, which should be addressed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Kindly note that the secretariat will take measures to create awareness and obtain member views prior to formulating the EFCs response. Hence, please await further communication in this regard.





W M K L Weerasinghe

Director General





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