Mandatory Obligation on Employer to Monitor Aarogya Setu Imposed by the MHA Order of May 30, 2020

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Do you have an Aarogya Setu observation/ management/ enforcement team in your organization? As a company, your responsibility is not limited to the installation of the application by an employee. Continuous monitoring to check if the employee is using Aarogya Setu on a daily basis is very crucial. The law, as provided in the MHA order of May 30, 2020 (“MHA order“), states that a company must ensure that the Aarogya Setu is installed by…

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Challenges Posed to Contract Labour Due to COVID-19

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Contract labourers are increasingly being made a part of the workforce and are preferred for jobs which are non-perennial and do not constitute the core activities of the firm. They are employed for all types of positions, be it skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled. It is preferred by establishments as it helps them keep a low headcount and gives them greater flexibility in management. Given that labour employment contracts in India are managed by licensed labour…

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Safe and Harassment Free Environment: Is it still relevant when employees work from home?

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Since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, businesses across the world have shifted to models of remote work. In India, even with Phase V of the (un-)lockdown and its consequent relaxations in the offing, many companies view working-from-home as a medium to long term situation. While companies grapple with new systems of communication and workflow management during this shift, they must be cognizant of the fact that workplace harassment can also carry over to the…

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Leave Management – An Imperative Decision During COVID-19

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COVID-19, the colossal outbreak is carrying the employer-employee relationship to an unchartered territory as employees are increasingly absent from work during the pandemic. Reacquainting employees into the workplace will require the employers to juggle multiple logistical, emotional, and legal concerns. As COVID-19 will impact employment for the foreseeable future, it is anticipated that many employees will be reluctant to return, even after states have approved reopening plans. In spite of Central and State Governments passing…

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The Urgent Need to Reform the Inter-State Migrant Workers Act, 1979

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The Inter-State Migrant Workers Act, 1979 is a central legislation that governs the hiring, registration and payment of wages in relation to the aforementioned class of workers. It provides for equal wages for similar nature of work, displacement allowance and journey allowance for inter-state workers. It also grants the right to raise disputes under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. Principal employers/contractors are required to maintain registers and facilitate the grant of benefits. The Problem Based…

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State-Wise Relaxation of Labour Legislations Amidst COVID-19

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With the total COVID-19 cases touching the one lakh mark, the commercial sector in India has come to a grinding halt. Labour being a concurrent subject in the Constitution of India, have seen state governments striving hard to bring the industries back on track by amending and relaxing the respective labour legislations with an approach to attract investment and restart economic activity, post approval of the Centre. The heads-up has been taken up by the…

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COVID 19: Answering All Questions Of An Employer

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At a time when the world is taken by the Covid-19 storm, the Indian Government, in order to contain the spread, morbidity, and mortality, declared a nationwide lockdown. This lockdown restricted not just the movement of humans and material in the nation but also demanded the closure of all kinds of businesses, establishments, and shops (other than those providing essential services).  In a 21-day complete lockdown period (“Lockdown”), various manufacturing, trading, and other businesses have…

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Are the Labour Codes Going to Be Brought In?

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The government is considering bringing the three remaining parts of the proposed labour codes into force simultaneously vide an ordinance. The Code on Wages has already been passed but there still remains uncertainty with regards to its enforcement. COVID-19 and its consequent economic fallout is the main reason the government is contemplating the above action. Key Highlights In a press conference on 14th May, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the introduction of various provisions…

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Suspension of Labour Laws: A Fact Check

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As part of the recovery plan from COVID-19, state governments see the suspension of labour laws by way of notifications/ordinance, as a policy measure that’s expected to boost economic recovery. This decision has been surrounded in hyperbole and rhetoric, with fake and ambiguous news circulating as well. There have been claims of total suspension of labour laws and employers actioning widespread exploitation. This article aims to provide an objective view of the facts surrounding the…

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COVID-19: FAQs on Employee Provident Fund (EPF)

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Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is the main scheme under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. Under the scheme, employees are obliged to contribute towards the scheme, with an equal, corresponding contribution being paid by the employer. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, employees earning less than INR 15,000 per month were required to become members of EPF scheme mandatorily. While those drawing a salary above the aforementioned threshold could avail of either a…

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