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Sri Lanka


Basic labour law information

Sri Lanka - Basic laws in NATLEX

01.01) Constitutional law
     Constitution of 1978 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

01.03) Civil, commercial and family law
     Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (Incorporation) Act (No. 43 of 1981).

01.04) Criminal and penal law
     Penal Code (Ordinance No. 2 of 1883).
     Code Of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979.

01.05) Human rights
     Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016.

01.06) Economic and social policy
     National Institute of Social Development Act, No. 41 of 1992.
     Strategic Development Projects Act, No. 14 of 2008.

01.07) Environmental, Climate and Sustainable Development Laws
     Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Act, No. 19 of 2017.

02) Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
     Trade Unions Ordinance (No. 14 of 1935) (Cap. 138).
     Industrial Disputes Act (No. 43 of 1950) (Cap. 131).
     Employees' Councils Act, 1979 (No. 32 of 1979).

04) Elimination of child labour, protection of children and young persons
     Sri Lanka's Roadmap 2016 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
     Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act (No. 47 of 1956).

04.01) Hazardous child labour
     Hazardous Occupations Regulations, 2010.

05) Equality of opportunity and treatment
     Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act (No. 47 of 1956).
     Mines (Prohibition of Female Labour Underground) Ordinance (No. 13 of 1937) (Cap. 147).

05.01) Non-discrimination
     Prevention of Social Disabilities Act, No. 21 of 1957.

08) Employment policy, promotion of employment and employment services
     National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP).
     Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Act (No. 37 of 1956).

08.02) Older workers
     Protection of the Rights of Elders Act, No 9 0f 2000.

11) Cooperatives
     Co-operative Societies (No. 5 of 1972) (Chapter 142).

12.02) Wages
     Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Regulations, 1954 .
     National Minimum Wage of Workers Act, No. 3 of 2016.

13.01) Hours of work, weekly rest and paid leave
     Employee's Holidays Act (No. 6 of 1959) (Chapter 155).
     Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Regulations, 1954 .

14) Occupational safety and health
     Hazardous Occupations Regulations, 2010.
     National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Act, No. 38 of 2009.
     Factories Ordinance (No. 45 of 1942)(Cap. 128).
     Mines and Minerals Law 1973, (No. 4 of 1973).

15.02) Old-age, invalidity and survivors benefit
     Employees' Provident Fund Act (No. 15 of 1958).

15.06) Administration and financing
     Employee's Trust Fund Act (No. 46 of 1980).

16) Maternity protection
     Maternity Benefits Ordinance (No. 32 of 1939) (Cap. 140)

17) Migrant workers
     Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Act (No. 21 of 1985).
     Immigrants and Emigrants Act, No. 20 of 1948.
     Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Act (No. 37 of 1956).

18) Seafarers
     Merchant Shipping Act 1971, No. 52 of 1971.

22.02) Mining and quarrying workers
     Mines (Prohibition of Female Labour Underground) Ordinance (No. 13 of 1937) (Cap. 147).
     Mines and Minerals Law 1973, (No. 4 of 1973).

22.06) Hotel, restaurant and shop workers
     Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Regulations, 1954 .

22.10) Public and civil servants
     Widows' and Orphans' Pension Fund Ordinance (Chapter 431) (Ordinance No. 1 of 1898).
     Establishments Code
  
 

  
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Last updated: Friday - 10th April 2020