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Labour laws to be unified by end 2023

Measures to attract new entrepreneurs

The Labour Department expects to introduce a simple and a unified labour law to the country by the end of 2023 to facilitate and encourage new entrepreneurs, the Labour and Foreign Employment Ministry said.

This is in line with the proposal made by President Ranil Wickremesinghe through Budget 2023 to enact a new, updated and unified labor law in a manner to benefit both employer - employee segments and the economy.

According to the ministry, the department has concluded the preliminary discussions on updating and revising the existing labor laws by now. Currently, there are over 40 labour laws in force in Sri Lanka out of which only 19 are being actively used for the matters pertaining to the labourers.

The contradictions and clashes among some of these laws has caused delays to the process and also discouraged the new entrepreneurs.

In addition to that, the Labour Department has also initiated the project to digitise its services provided to the employees of the private and semi-government sector with the intention of minimising the delays and long queues in front of the department’s head office.

Digitisation of the services will commence next year and is expected to be completed by 2026. All services provided to the employees of the private and semi-government sectors from the day of recruitment until their retirement will be digitised under this project thus increasing the proficiency.


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