Wages Act 1936
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Wages Act 1936

Time of Payment of Wages

Section 5 of the Act lays down that the wages of every person employed upon or in :

(a) Any railway, factory or other establishment upon or in which less than one thousand persons are employed, shall be paid before the expiry of the seventh day.

(b) Any other railway, factory or industrial or other establishment, shall be paid before the expiry of the tenth day after the last day of the wage-period in respect of which the wages are payable.

(c) In the case of persons employed on a dock, wharf or jetty or in a mine, the balance of wages found due on the completion of a final tonnage amount of the ship or wagons loaded or unloaded, as the case may be, shall be paid before the expiry of the seventh day from the day of such completion.

(d) Where the employment of any person is terminated by or on behalf of the employer the wages earned by him shall be paid before expiry of the second working day from the date on which his employment is terminated.

Exemption from compliance with the time limit for Payment of wages :

The Act empowers the state Govt to exempt , the person responsible for the payment of wages to persons employed upon in railways (otherwise than in factory), or to persons employed as daily-rated workers in the control, public works Department or the state from the operation of this section. However, no such order shall be made without consultation of the central Government. In case of daily-rated workers.


All the wages of the employees must be paid in form of currently using currency notes or coins or in both forms. Currently using currency notes are 1000/-, 500/-, 100/-, 50/-, 20/-, 10/-, 5/- and currently using coins are 10/-, 5/-, 2/-, 1/-.

At the time of payment of the wage to employees, employer should make deductions according to this act only. Employer should not make deductions as he like. Every amount paid by the employee to his employer is called as deductions.

The following are not called as the deduction

  • Stoppage of the increment of employee.
  • Stoppage of the promotion of the employee.
  • Stoppage of the incentive lack of performance by employee.
  • Demotion of the employee
  • Suspension of the employee


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