India: A Guide to Prevent Collapse During Coronavirus
Erez Greenberg| Oct 08, 2020
We have gathered information on what measures you can take as an employer in India to help preserve your employees while keeping your business intact. As more information comes in, we will update this post.
October 8, 2020
Delhi – In an attempt to curb the economic blow due to COVID-19, restrictions on restaurant operations have been lifted. Restaurants will be able to operate 24 hours a day.
March 26, 2020
India has begun a 21-day Nationwide lockdown that will shut down all public and private offices that are not deemed essential services. For now, all employees should be working from home. Currently, employers are not to cut salaries or lay off employees until April 15th when restrictions are reassessed.
- Filing the Unified Annual Return for 2019 has been pushed back from February 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020. This has been extended by Ministry of Labour & Employment and authorities aren’t to take actions against those who have not met the earlier deadline.
- The dates for filing Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been extended. Contributions for February 2020 and March 2020 can now be filed and paid up to April 15, 2020 and May 15, 2020.
- Employers and employees of establishments of up to 100 employees that meet certain base salary thresholds will receive government contributions towards their Employees Provident Fund Organization for the next three months.
- All members of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) are now able to withdraw from their fund. The withdrawal can be up to 75% of their total EPFO fund or an amount equivalent to three months of their salary, whichever is lower. This is non-refundable withdrawal, and the employee is not obligated to return the same to their EPFO account.