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Section 17 of Code on Wages, 2019: Time Limit for Payment of Wages

Section 17 (Time limit for payment of wages) under Chapter III (Payment of Wages) of the Code on Wages, 2019.—

❝(1) The employer shall pay or cause to be paid wages to the employees, engaged on—
 (i) daily basis, at the end of the shift;
 (ii) weekly basis, on the last working day of the week, that is to say, before the weekly holiday;
 (iii) fortnightly basis, before the end of the second day after the end of the fortnight;
 (iv) monthly basis, before the expiry of the seventh day of the succeeding month.

(2) Where an employee has been—
 (i) removed or dismissed from service; or
 (ii) retrenched or has resigned from service, or became unemployed due to closure of the establishment,

the wages payable to him shall be paid within two working days of his removal, dismissal, retrenchment or, as the case may be, his resignation.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), the appropriate Government may, provide any other time limit for payment of wages where it considers reasonable having regard to the circumstances under which the wages are to be paid.

(4) Nothing contained in sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall affect any time limit for payment of wages provided in any other law for the time being in force.❞



(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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