India's new labour law to allow 4-day work per week but with longer shifts 

On Monday, Union labour secretary Apurva Chandra said this plan will cover a work limit of 48 hours per week. Organisations will have three options - deploying employees for four days at 12 hours per day, five days at around 10 hours per day and six days at eight hours per day.

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The Indian government has proposed a new labour law will soon grant an option for organisations to allow their employees to work for four days per week.

On Monday, Union labour secretary Apurva Chandra said this plan will cover a work limit of 48 hours per week. Organisations will have three options - deploying employees for four days at 12 hours per day, five days at around 10 hours per day and six days at eight hours per day.

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During a press briefing, Chandra said, “Companies will have to give three days’ of paid leaves and 12 hours of work per day to their employees with the consent of the workers. We are not forcing employees or employers. It gives flexibility. It’s an enabling provision in sync with the changing work culture. We have tried to make some changes. We have tried to give flexibility in working days,”

In a survey, it was seen that the employees feel a four-day workweek concept is at least five years away in India. Especially, given that majority of employees are made to work beyond five days in a week at present.

In India, employees work more than 48 hours per week outdoing the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) standards of working. As per labour standards, 'the general standard is 48 regular hours of work per week, with a maximum of eight hours per day.'

The changes will be a part of the new labour laws, whose draft rules are being formed by the Centre. Reportedly, it will also give free medical check-ups to workers through the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).