Legal empowerment of the poor code on social security, 2020
The preamble of the “Code of Social Security, 2020” (“Code”) states, “An Act to amend and consolidate the laws relating to social security with the goal to extend social security to all employees and workers either in the organised or unorganised or any other sectors and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” The main purpose of the introduction of the code is to provide for a new law based on the pre-existing laws with amendments as needed due to the changing times. It seeks to remove the lacunas and defects of the earlier laws. It provides protection and social security to the workers or employees working in the organized or unorganized sector. It was passed by both houses of the Parliament and given presidential assent in September 2020It repeals and re-enacts, “nine Central labour legislations relating to social security”. These include “Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948”; “Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952”; “Maternity Benefit Act, 1961”; etc.