What’s appropriate behavior at the workplace, and what’s not?

What’s appropriate behavior at the workplace, and what’s not?

In light of the burgeoning number of sexual harassment cases being filed lately, the new law on the subject and the recent resurfacing of the issue concerning allegations against a senior journalist, we thought it prudent to compile a few behavioral pointers for male bosses from various sources and enlist them here; No Suggestive/Explicit Talk: Avoidance of sexually explicit language at workplace or saying/writing things even distantly suggestive is taboo. While people may not object…

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Sexual Harassment and Labour Laws in India – The Vishaka Perspective

Sexual Harassment and Labour Laws in India – The Vishaka Perspective

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in its judgment in Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan, laid down certain guidelines to effectively deal with sexual harassment of female employees at the workplace. The guidelines are 12 in number, and may be considered the law on the subject until statutory provisions are made in that regard. In the past many companies have faced the wrath of government authorities, NGOs, political parties, the media and the courts for…

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Supreme Court Decides On Jurisdiction For Termination Of Employee

Supreme Court Decides On Jurisdiction For Termination Of Employee

The Supreme Court in Nandram vs M/s Garware Polyster Ltd, decided upon an important point of jurisdiction of the Labour Court when deciding the termination of an employee. The Appellant/Complainant was an employee in Aurangabad and was later transferred to Pondicherry. Due to the closing down of the Pondicherry establishment, the management decided to terminate his services. The Labour Courts of both, the place where the decision to terminate and the place where the termination…

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Breach u/s 25-G & 25-H of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 would not arise if worker has voluntarily abandoned the service

Breach u/s 25-G & 25-H of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 would not arise if worker has voluntarily abandoned the service

All India Institute of Medical Sciences v. Jitender Kumar Name of the Case: All India Institute of Medical Sciences v. Jitender Kumar (LPA no. 496 of 2013) Judge & Court: Honorable Mr. Justice Pradeep Nandrajog Honorable Ms. Justice Pratibha Rani in the High Court of Delhi Date of reservation: 4th March 2015 Date of judgment: 17th March 2015 Name of the Parties: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Appellant) Jitender Kumar (Respondent) Prior history of…

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Bombay Shops and Establishments Act, 1948

Bombay Shops and Establishments Act, 1948

Chapter: PreliminarySection 1: Short title extent and operation (1) This Act may be called the Bombay Shops and Establishments Act 1948. [(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Maharashtra] (3) It shall in the first instance come into force in the local areas specified in Schedule I: [Provided that, on the commencement of the Bombay Shops and Establishments (Extension and Amendment) Act, 1960, Mah.XXVI of 1961, all the provisions of this Act…

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Benefits to Contract workers vis-à-vis Permanent Workers

Benefits to Contract workers vis-à-vis Permanent Workers

The Hon’ble Madras High Court in the matter of Airport Authority of India vs. Authority under Contract Labour (R & L Central Rules), Writ Petition No.8591 of 2002, decided on 14.06.2011; held that where the workmen employed by a Contractor perform the same or similar kind of work as the workmen directly employed by the principal employer of the establishment the wage rates, holidays, hours of work and other condition of service of the contractor,…

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Bank Unions Join All India Strike

Bank Unions Join All India Strike

“The neo-liberal economic policies are aggravating the problems of the workers and common masses “− CH Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All-India Bank Employees’ Association Major central trade unions (CTU) across India and across sectors are going on strike on 2nd September and the bank unions are to join the call says the General Secretary, All-India Bank Employees’ Association CH Venkatachalam. The strike, declared in earlier in the year was primarily against the governments proposed labour policies…

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Background Checks and Employment Laws in India

Background Checks  and Employment Laws in India

  In today’s highly competitive business environment it is necessary to verify the antecedents of the employees in order to protect confidential information as well as maintain integrity of the organization. Certain instances have been noticed in the recent past, where employees have sought employment on the basis of fake educational qualifications or salary certificates. Even experience certificates are known to have been doctored. In a recent incident, one employee questioned the right of his…

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Safety First – The Importance of Labour Law Audits

Safety First –  The Importance of Labour Law Audits

The Labour law audits are integral  in today’s industrial world,  for the proper functioning of and safety for employees within an establishment in line with the principles laid down by labour laws in India. As labour laws stand today, with several amendments being proposed, the powers of the inspector are yet unregulated and ‘Inspector Raj’ continues to dictate what the CEO of a corporation big or small  should do. For example : failure to inform…

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Attacking a Manager outside office amounts severe misconduct.

Attacking a Manager outside office amounts severe misconduct.

Industrial violence in India has become both common place and rampant in today’s industrial environment. Assaults and acts of industrial violence in India are no longer a rarity. Until recently the newspapers were awash with terrifying instances of senior managers of MNCs being beaten to death, burnt alive in their cars, having their arms chopped off etc. The violence that raged through Maruti’s Manesar plant leaving a General Manager dead and about 100 people beaten…

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