The following amendments are due to be tabled in the Indian parliament with respect to Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act (the “Act”):
i) The definition of an employer is proposed to be changed to include any person who employs one or more other persons to do any work for two hundred and forty days or more in an establishment.
ii) The list of establishments under the Act will include individuals seeking vocational careers, self employment and plantations.
iii) All employers in the public sector and those in the private sector employing twenty-five or more persons are to notify any vacancies to the prescribed Employment Guidance and Promotion Centres (the “EGPCs”).
iv) It requires employers in the private sector employing less that twenty-five people to furnish information required by the EGPCs for the collection of employment data.
v) It changes the penalty for non notification of vacancies, or failure to furnish information from five hundred rupees to up to ten thousand rupees and every subsequent offence after the second time may lead to imprisonment. Employers in the private sector employing less than twenty-five people are liable to pay up to five thousand rupees after two defaults, if they fail to furnish information to the EGPC.