Labour Law related issue

Labour Act 2006 (Working Hour and Leave)

THE BANGLADESH LABOUR ACT,2006 is the statute to be followed regarding the issues related to employment of labour, their wages, leave, working hour and any aspect related to a labour. This article will focus on the working hour and leave aspect of the Labour law under this Act.

Section of Law

(s.1(2)) - The FOREIGN DONATIONS (VOLUNTARY ACTIVITIES) REGULATION ACT 2016 repeals the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulations Ordinance 1978 (Ordinance No. XLVI of 1978) and Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Ordinance 1982 (Ordinance No. XXXI of 1982). This Act will come into force on such date as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette,

(s.108) - If he/she works overtime (which shall not exceed ten hours), then the worker shall be entitled to allowance twice of his/her basic wage

(s.101) - Assures that there should be interval for rest or meal for the workers. (s.102) - The daily working hour should not exceed 48 hours in a week and for overtime it should not exceed 68 hours

(s.103)- states law relating to weekly holiday for an adult worker.

  --Worker of a shop or commercial or industrial       establishment is entitled to- one and half days

     --Factory worker- one day,

  --road transport service- one day (24 consecutive       hours).

(s.104)- In case of deprivation of such weekly holiday, the worker is to be allowed compensatory holidays, of equal number to the holidays so deprived of


Section of Law

(s.103) - Every worker is also entitled to paid Festival holidays for eleven days in a calendar year. But the days and dates for such festivals is to be fixed by the employer. However, a worker may be required to work on any festival holiday, but two day’s additional compensatory holidays with full pay and a substitute holiday shall be provided for him

This Act allows worker to have types of leaves i.e-

(s.115) - Casual leave (with the full wages for ten days in a calendar year

(s.116) - Sick leave (with full wages for fourteen days in a calendar year.

However, such leave will only be allowed provided that it is certified by a registered medical practitioner, after examination.

(s.117) - Annual leave with wages will be allowed to every adult worker who has completed a year of continuous service in an establishment

(s.10) - To avail any of the above-mentioned leaves, a worker is required to follow the procedure for leave

To avail any of the above-mentioned leaves, a worker is required to follow the procedure for leave under s.10 of the Act. He/she will have to apply to the employer for the leave in writing. The employer will then issue orders on the application within seven days of the application or two days prior to the commencement of leave applied for, whichever is earlier. In the case of emergency, the order shall be given on the same day. If the asked leave is granted, then a leave pass will be issued to the worker. In the case of refusal or postponement of the asked leave, the reason should be communicated to the worker prior to the date of asked leave. If the worker further desires an extension of the granted leave then he/she should apply sufficiently prior to the expiry of the leave and the employer will then send a written reply either granting or refusing the extension. For such allowed leave or holidays, a worker shall be paid at the rate equal to the daily average of his full time wages including dearness allowances, and ad-hoc or interim pay, if any. In the case of allowed annual leave for a period of not less than four days for an adult and five days for an adolescent, the worker shall, at any time, in so far as it is practicable, be paid his wages for the period of the leave so allowed, before his leave begins.