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

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

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

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
     Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act (No. 47 of 1956).
     Sri Lanka's Roadmap 2016 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

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
     Fee-Charging Employment Agencies Act (No. 37 of 1956).
     National Human Resources and Employment Policy (NHREP).

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

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

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

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

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).
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Last updated: Monday - 17th February 2020