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Section 29 of the Payment of Bonus Act 1965: Offences by Companies

Section 29 (Offences by companies) of the Payment of Bonus Act 1965

❝(1) If the person committing an offence under this Act is a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

 Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

 Explanation.—For the purposes of this section,—
 (a) “company” means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
 (b) “director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.❞



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Notes:

The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was amended by the:
- the Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1968 (62 of 1968)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1969 (8 of 1969)
- the Central Labour Laws (Extension of Jammu And Kashmir) Act, 1970 (51 of 1970)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1972 (68 of 1972)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1973 (39 of 1973)
- the Payment of Bonus (Second Amendment) Act, 1973 (55 of 1973)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1974 (42 of 1974)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1976(23 of 1976)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1977 (43 of 1977)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1978 (48 of 1978)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1980 (5 of 1980)
- the Payment of Bonus (Second Amendment) Act, 1980 (66 of 1980)
- the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981 (61 of 1981)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1985 (30 of 1985)
- the Payment of Bonus (Second Amendment) Act, 1985 (67 of 1985)
- the National Housing Bank Act, 1987 (53 of 1987)
- the Small Industries Development Bank of India Act, 1989 (39 of 1989)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 1995 (34 of 1995)
- the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015 (06 of 2016)

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