51. THE LABOUR LAWS (EXEMPTION FROM FURNISHING RETURNS & MAINTENANCE REGISTERS BY CERTAIN ESTABLISHMENTS) ACT, 1988
This law is enacted to reduce number of records and filling of returns under different Labour Laws by small industries, employing less than 20 persons.

This Act prescribed one single return and three registers for establishment employing more than 9 but less than 20 employees. Similarly, any establishment employing up to 9 employees is liable to maintain only two prescribed registers and one return in lieu of registers and returns maintained under following Acts:

1. The payment of Wages Act, 1936
2. The Weekly Holidays Act, 1942
3. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948
4. The Factories Act, 1948
5. The Plantation Labour Act, 1951
6. The Working Journalists and other Newspapers Employees (Conditions of service) and miscellaneous provisions Act, 1955.
7. The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
8. The Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1976.
9. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.

If any employer maintains registers and fill returns prescribed in this Act, he is not liable to maintain any register/fill any returns under these Acts.

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