Sept 17, Colombo: Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister of Plantations, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana stated that the Cabinet has approved to increase the minimum age for recruitment to employment to 16 years from the earlier age limit of 15 years.
Addressing a media briefing held at the Government Information Department today (17).Minister Ramesh Pathirana said approval was given to amend the relevant Labor Laws to increase the minimum age for employment under the Labor Ordinance to 16 years as per the legal provisions of 16 years of compulsory school education.
Approval was given at the Cabinet Meeting held on 10th June 2020 to amend the relevant Labor Laws to increase the minimum age of employment to 16 years in accordance with the legal provisions of 16 years of compulsory school education.
Accordingly, the following Acts and Regulations have been drafted by the Legislative Draftsman to be amended.
* Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employees and Wages) Act No. 19 of 1954 (Authority 129)
* Employment of Women, Youth and Children Act No. 47 of 1956
* Act to amend the Minimum Wage (Indian Labor) Ordinance (Authority 135)
* Factories Ordinance No. 45 of 1942
Accordingly, the proposal made by Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Labor, to publish the relevant draft bills in the Government Gazette and then present to Parliament and to submit to Parliament the orders issued in terms of the provisions of the Employees Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 1958, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.