55. THE MINIMUM WAGES ACT, 1948
The minimum wages Act provides minimum statutory wages to workers. It applies all industries given in Schedule 1 of this Act. The Centre and State Government is empowered to any other industry in this Schedule. This Act is applicable even if there is single employee.

The minimum wages are fixed by Government. The Employer who pays wages less than minimum wages fixed by Govt. is punishable under this Act.

The Act also provides maximum hours, weekly rest days, and overtime-related provisions. The wages payable under this Act are to be paid in cash.

It also provides some registers to be maintained by Employer and returns to be filled by him.

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