REINSTATEMENT WITH FULL BACK WAGES NOT TO BE A MECHANICAL PROCEDURE

REINSTATEMENT WITH FULL BACK WAGES NOT TO BE A MECHANICAL PROCEDURE

In cases relating to termination of labour, where such termination is evidently illegal, awarding of reinstatement with full back wages by Courts should not be a merely mechanical exercise and the same shall be done considering the circumstances of the case. The same was held by the Supreme Court in District Development Officer & Anr. vs. Satish Kantilal Amrelia.[1] In the order dated 28.11.2017, the court reasoned that same by considering daily wage workers, who…

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EXTENSION OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT – NOT A MATTER OF RIGHT

EXTENSION OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT – NOT A MATTER OF RIGHT

The Calcutta High Court was confronted with an important question as to whether ‘extension of an employment contract can be asked as a matter of right’? The Calcutta High Court in this regard has upheld the cardinal principle of service jurisprudence, “an employee holding a post, be it contractual or tenure has no right to ask for automatic extension unless nothing repugnant appears from the letter of appointment”. The above-mentioned contention came before the High…

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OUTSOURCING – to be or not to be??

OUTSOURCING – to be or not to be??

“Labour disgraces no man; Unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labour” Conflicts between employers and employees have perennially existed in our industry. To curb exploitation of labour by employers, the Indian legislators had come out with various statutory hurdles. To counter such statutory obstacles imposed by the Legislature, attempts had also been made to drift from permanency of labour to rightsizing and affinity for outsourced labour. Earlier outsourced labour were hired only for peripheral…

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TELECOM SERVICES BEYOND STATE’S CONTROL – THE MISNOMER

TELECOM SERVICES BEYOND STATE’S CONTROL – THE MISNOMER

The question before the Karnataka High Court in the matter of Bharti Airtel Ltd. vs. The Senior Labour Inspector was whether the State Government or its authorities have the jurisdiction to initiate prosecution against a telecom Company for non-compliance under the Minimum Wages Act, 1961. With regard to this intricate question of law, the Karnataka High Court held that Telecom Company’s do not carry on business on behalf of the Government of India; also, the…

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Improvised Safety & Security Measures of Women Employees

Improvised Safety & Security Measures of Women Employees

In the wake of brutal and inhuman cases like Nirbhaya, Nayana Pujari, to name a few, the first and foremost question that comes to mind is “THE FOOLPROOF SECURITY OF EMPLOYEES, ESPECIALLY WOMEN” A lot has been spoken, discussed and deliberated. But the question is “What really can assure a failsafe security?” The following basic and common sense guidelines could be of much help to the companies regarding the same question. APPOINTING A DEDICATED DIRECTOR:…

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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016

Introduction The Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 received the accent of the President on 27th of December 2016 and came to be published in the official gazette on 28th of December 2016. Sec 102 of this Act speaks of repealing the pervious legislation in this regard i.e. The Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995. The Preamble of this Act clearly says that it aims to…

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Forced Resignations in the I.T. Industry

Forced Resignations in the I.T. Industry

Forced Resignation – a recent trend A recent developing trend in India involves professionals working in the I.T. Industry, being forced to resign from their respective companies against their wilful consent. This is seen as a part of a drive by companies to chop down the size of their work-force. I.T. Professionals have claimed that such forceful resignation is nothing but a trick to save on the costs of “severance pay”, which every organisation is…

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Status of an Employee in the I.T. Industry

Status of an Employee in the I.T. Industry

Introduction For an employee to be regarded as a ‘workman’ under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1946, there are two basic essentials. Firstly, the establishment has to be considered an “industrial establishment” according to the definition of “industrial establishment” and secondly, the employee has to be a “workman” within the definition of a ‘workman’ under sec 2 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1946. Are IT Companies Industrial Establishments? According to sec 2 (k a) of the…

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Note on Aspect of Holiday on Day of Local Body Election

Note on Aspect of Holiday on Day of Local Body Election

LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK: Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949: Section 14(4) the State Election Commission is empower to pass such orders as it deems fit, for ensuring free and fair election. Constitution of India: Article 243(ZA) superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to the Municipalities shall be vested in State Election Commission referred to in Article 243-K and the State Govt. will have the power to…

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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017

INTRODUCTION The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 (hereinafter been referred to as the HIV and AIDS Act, 2017) happens to be one of the most recent statutory laws to be passed by our Legislature.  This Act was passed on the 21st of April, 2017, after having got the assent of the President on 20th of April, 2017. It is indeed a crucial Act considering the population of…

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