After independence, Indian Government had enacted a bundle of legislations such as Factories Act 1948, Minimum Wages Act 1948, Employees’ State insurance Act 1948 and Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952.Government appointed Commissions and ILO international conventions, also impressively influenced labour legislations. Accordingly, Government had amended existing laws, framed rules, issued notifications and strengthened enforcement and judicial mechanisms. Government also started intervening as a third-party and amicably settled issues, concerning employers and employees.
Since labour is in the concurrent list under Indian Constitution, both central and State Governments legislate laws, make rules and issue notifications. This has resulted in, multiplicity and complexity of laws, rules and regulations. Interpretation of definitions differs from legislation to legislation. Moreover the definition and provisions in labour legislations also constantly get altered through judicial pronouncements by various High courts and Supreme Court of India.
Despite these limitations, still gaps in compliance with regard to statutory entitlements of employees could drag business entities into handling of concerns on corporate governance and industrial/employee relations. Prompt compliance would safeguard corporate bodies against those possibilities, promote the culture of corporate accountability and drive towards competitive advantage.
About the Speaker
Mr Varadan is a graduate in Mathematics and Law. Besides, he has also done PG in ‘Personnel Management’ and ‘Counselling’ .He began his career with TVS & Sons Ltd as a ‘Personnel Officer’ in 1988. During his long stint in TVS, he worked in several places. He played active role in the business expansion in Kerala and effectively involved in the ‘right sizing’ of the work force. He is so passionate about labour laws that he wanted a shift from ‘hr generalist’ to ‘labour law specialist’.
He, then, moved to Aparajitha in March 2005 and played a key role in stabilizing the flagship activity of ‘Compliance Management Services’. Currently, he is the Business Head for ‘Consultation and Audit Services’ and ‘Factory Compliance Services’.He was handling classes for the students in Symbiosis, Pune on ‘labour laws’. He had been a visiting faculty for the Management students in some of the colleges in Madurai including Thiagaraja School of Management.
He has association with CII, Southern Region that he prepared a report “Business Labour Partnership” for them as a knowledge Partner. The said report was released by the Labour Secretary in New Delhi on 28th Aug 2010. He has been contributing to labour laws by writing articles, giving interviews and by facilitating training programs. Some of his works, “The complexities in labour legislations – A thought”, “240 and its factors” and “Are we simplifying or complicating?” were published in Indian Factories and Labour Reports ( FLR ). He was instrumental in conducting a program ‘corporate-academy connect’ in Madurai in which he was a key resource person. Recently, he has attended program on ‘Understanding Malaysian Labour Laws’ in Kuala Lumpur.
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