Karnataka Government releases Draft bill to regulate Social Security and Welfare of Gig Workers

The Government of Karnataka has released the Draft Karnataka Platform-Based Gig Workers (Social Security and Welfare) Bill, 2024 on 29th June, 2024.

 The Bill seeks to regulate the social security and welfare of platform-based gig workers in the State by establishing a fund to be called, the Karnataka Gig Worker’s Social Security and Welfare Fund and the establishment of the Gig Workers Welfare Board. It also stipulates that the aggregator, who is the digital intermediary for a buyer of goods or user of service to connect with the seller shall not terminate a worker without giving valid reasons in writing and prior notice of 14 days.

The bill mandates aggregators to make payments at least every week and to inform the worker about the reasons for payment deductions if any. As per the new bill, a worker will have the right to refuse a specified number of gigs per week with ‘reasonable cause’ without any adverse consequences.

Any objections and suggestions from persons likely to be affected may be addressed to the Principal Secretary to the government, Labour Department, Vikasa Soudha, Bangalore and Labour Commissioner , Karmika Bhavan, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore on or before 10th July ,2024.