In a recent Judgment passed in 2015 LLR 893 MADRAS HIGH COURT Hon’ble Mr. V. Ramasubramanian, J. Hon’ble Mr. P.R. Shivakumar, J. W.A. Nos. 463 to 465/2013, D/–13-3-2015 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited vs. Union of India and Others , Employees except apprentices under Apprenticeship Act will be covered by the Provident Fund Act
- The provisions of Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions act, 1952 include every person including apprentices or trainees within the purview of definition to the expression ‘employee’ except those engaged under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
- Employer is also liable to pay EPF contributions in respect of Pre-Induction Training period of the trainees.