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:

Sexual Harassment at Work: Do’s and Don’ts

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By: Sharanya Ranga and Riya Dutta

Just when the social media outrage over sexual harassment incidents in Uber was abating, allegations of sexual harassment in one of India’s successful entertainment startups, The Viral Fever (TVF), have made headlines all over. An ex-employee’s anonymous post alleging sexual harassment by the CEO of TVF went viral followed by several other ex-employees leveling similar charges of sexual harassment against him.

Can tech companies hire and fire in India?

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By: Sharanya Ranga and Riya Dutta

As the jargon goes, we are now living in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world. The spate of layoffs hitting the corporate India during the past few months has not shown any sign of letting up. And the country’s 7 per cent GDP growth in the October-December quarter in 2016 stands in stark contrast with sluggish job creation and record unemployment figures. Layoffs and trimming down the workforce have been a common thread cutting across conglomerates such as Larsen & Toubro, multinational tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Nokia, and not even sparing our homegrown e-commerce start-ups such as Snapdeal and Flipkart. The struggle to adapt to the ever-changing business environment and technological disruptions is on and layoffs have become a fairly common tool, affecting white-collar, blue-collar and pink-collar (service sector) workers as businesses streamline their workforce and embrace automation to stay competitive.