Goa Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) and National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) jointly organised a talk by Adv S N Murthy, Senior Advocate, Karnataka High Court on ‘Industrial Relations in the Next Decade with Emphasis on Labour Laws’ on October 19, 2018, at GCCI, Panaji.
Addressing a gathering of HR and corporate professionals, Sr Adv Murthy touched on various topics of interest, including certain burning issues in Goa. Murthy provided practical advice on the possible legal action in the context of the stoppage of mining operations by the Supreme Court. He was of the view that the National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) scheme is based on education laws and has no foundation under the labour laws and its enforcement on the industry is not legal. Fixed term employment does not take away the liabilities arising under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, if such employments are given in a repetitive pattern. Murthy clarified the definition of “industry” under the Industrial Disputes Act and highlighted certain exclusions. He shared some practical approaches with regard to the termination of an employee’s service in view of the excessive security of employment provided to workmen under the law. He clarified in which cases Chapters V-A or V-B of the Industrial Disputes Act would apply. Murthy discussed the Contract Labour Act and how employers needed to be clear about employment by contractors and direct employment. He also provided clarity on the break-up of the minimum wage, on the recognition of unions under the law and collective bargaining.
Pallavi Arondekar, Dy Director, GCCI welcomed the speaker and the gathering. B T Boke, Chairman of the HRD and IR Committee of GCCI introduced the speaker and the day’s programme. Manoj Kharde, Chairman, NIPM Goa Chapter presented a bouquet to the guest. Eurico Noronha, Co-Chairman of the HRD and IR Committee of GCCI proposed a vote of thanks