Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014

 
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[Act No. 29 of 2014]

[05th December, 2014]

Preamble

An Act further to amend the Apprentices Act, 1961.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows:--

Section 1 - Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Apprentices (Amendment) Act, 2014.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

Section 2 - Amendment of section 2

In the Apprentices Act, 1961(52 of 1961)(hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), in section 2,--

(i) in clause (d), in sub-clause (1), after item (b), the following item shall be inserted, namely:--

"(bb) any establishment which is operating business or trade from different locations situated in four or more States, or";

(ii) for clauses (e), (j) and (k), the following clauses shall respectively be substituted, namely:--

'(e) "designated trade" means any trade or occupation or any subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course which the Central Government, after consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council, may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify as a designated trade for the purposes of this Act;

(j) "graduate or technician apprentice" means an apprentice who holds, or is undergoing training in order that he may hold a degree or diploma in engineering or non-engineering or technology or equivalent qualification granted by any institution recognised by the Government and undergoes apprenticeship training in any designated trade;

(k) "industry" means any industry or business in which any trade, occupation or subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course may be specified as a designated trade or optional trade or both;';

(iii) after clause (l), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely:--

'(ll) "optional trade" means any trade or occupation or any subject field in engineering or non-engineering or technology or any vocational course as may be determined by the employer for the purposes of this Act;

(lll) "portal-site" means a website of the Central Government for exchange of information under this Act;";

(iv) in clause (pp), for the words "such subject field in any vocational course as may be prescribed", the words "designated trade" shall be substituted;

(v) for clauses (q) and (r), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:--

'(q) "trade apprentice" means an apprentice who undergoes apprenticeship training in any designated trade;

(r) "worker" means any person working in the premises of the employer, who is employed for wages in any kind of work either directly or through any agency including a contractor and who gets his wages directly or indirectly from the employer but shall not include an apprentice referred to in clause (aa).'.

Section 3 - Amendment of section 3

In section 3 of the principal Act, for clause (a), the following clause shall be substituted, namely:--

"(a) is not less than fourteen years of age, and for designated trades related to hazardous industries, not less than eighteen years of age; and".

Section 4 - Amendment of section 4

In section 4 of the principal Act,--

(i) for sub-section (4), the following sub-sections shall be substituted, namely:--

"(4) Every contract of apprenticeship entered into under...

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