India’s New Law on Disability and its Applicability to the Private Sector: A Broad Overview

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By: Laxmi Joshi

The new disability law

India’s new disability law, The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 was notified by the Indian Government on 19th April, 2017 and 15th June, 2017 respectively (collectively the “RPD Act”). The RPD Act is in line with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and repeals the erstwhile The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. While the old law was applicable only to the public sector in India, the RPD Act has for the first time brought the private sector into its ambit by providing a statutory framework to ensure equal opportunities are provided to persons with disabilities (“PwD”) in all organisations.

The conundrums of a gig economy

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan and Probal Bose

“There were laws created for businesses and there were laws created for people. What the sharing economy did was create a third category: people as businesses.” This quote by Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky lucidly explains the “gig economy”, a trend that is gathering momentum in India as big software companies like Wipro and Infosys hire gig workers on a project-to-project basis. The sharing economy has revolutionized the way services are delivered and received around the world.

Key amendments to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

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By: Mansi Singh and Aditi Rani

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 (Amended Act) amending key provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 came into force on April 1, 2017. The key provisions brought in by the Amended Act enhances the maternity leave period besides introducing several compliances for companies. We have set out the key aspects as follows: