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29 Jun 2024

Author:
Christin Mathew Philip, Money Control News (India)

India: Karnataka passes draft bill to regulate social security & welfare for gig workers

"Karnataka draft bill: Aggregators cannot terminate gig workers without 14-day notice", June 29, 2024

...Those affected by this can submit objections and suggestions within 10 days. The bill is likely to be placed in the upcoming monsoon session of the state legislature...

...Aggregators must give gig workers a 14-day notice before termination, and provide reasons in writing for the same. The agreement between aggregators and gig workers must specify all grounds for termination, or deactivation from the platform...

The draft bill proposes establishing a welfare board and creating a fund for platform-based gig workers. Aggregators include those providing services like ride-sharing, food and grocery delivery, logistics, e-marketplaces, professional services, healthcare, travel and hospitality, and content and media services...

"Aggregators shall register with the board within 60 days of the Act's commencement..."

...The draft states that under the 'Platform-Based Gig Workers Welfare Fee,' a percentage of the pay of platform-based gig workers, or the aggregator's annual turnover in Karnataka, will be deposited by the aggregator in the welfare fund...

Gig workers, on being onboarded by any platform, will receive a unique ID applicable across all platforms. Aggregators must submit their database of all gig workers onboarded or registered within 60 days of the Act's commencement...

Aggregators with over 50 platform workers must form an Internal Dispute Resolution Committee to handle issues. Gig workers can lodge grievances with the state government's grievance redressal office or through a web portal provided on every aggregator's platform under this Act...