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.

Data Brokering: Another Landmine Lurking Around In Digital Space?

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By: Sharanya Ranga and Probal Bose

With the government’s push towards a Digital India, the data privacy regime in the country or rather the lack of it has come under immense scrutiny. We have been ploughing through one incident after another at a rather alarming pace, with the debit card data breach in October 2016, the Aadhaar data breach a couple of weeks back almost in sync with the Cloudflare data breach. Along with these security breaches, recent data brokering activities that have come to light has left the digital population of the country worried. While the data brokering industry is in its nascent stage in India, it is nevertheless a serious privacy concern.

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.