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Section 44 Code on Wages 2019: Payment of dues - death of employee

Section 44 (Payment of various undisbursed dues in case of death of employee) under Chapter VI (Payment of Dues, Claims and Audit) of the Code on Wages, 2019.—

❝(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Code, all amounts payable to an employee under this Code shall, if such amounts could not or cannot be paid on account of his death before payment or on account of his whereabouts not being known,—
 (a) be paid to the person nominated by him in this behalf in accordance with the rules made under this Code; or
 (b) where no such nomination has been made or where for any reasons such amounts cannot be paid to the person so nominated, be deposited with the such authority, as may be prescribed, who shall deal with the amounts so deposited in the manner as may be prescribed.

(2) Where in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1), all amounts payable to an employee under this Code—
   (a) are paid by the employer to the person nominated by the employee; or
   (b) are deposited by the employer with the authority referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (1),
then, the employer shall be discharged of his liability to pay those amounts.❞



(1) The Code on Wages, 2019, an Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the 8th August, 2019, and was published for general information in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary, Part II - Section 1) by the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) on 8th August, 2019.

(2) The Act extends to the whole of India.

(3) Effective Date: The Act shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Code and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this Code shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.

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