Kerala Maternity Leave Update: Maternity Leave for Women Officers being Contractual Employees

This position has further been crystallised by the Kerala High Court in the case of Rakhi P.V. and Orsv. State of Kerala¸[1] wherein it was asserted that all women employees, whether or not employed on a contractual basis, are entitled to the benefit of enhanced maternity leave without any discrimination.

Update: Notification under the Karnataka Shops & Commercial Establishments Act

Businesses, operating across the spectrum, have been struggling to stay afloat in the throes of the pandemic. In a recent step to aid the beleaguered businesses, the Labour Department of the Government of Karnataka has, through a notification dated January 2, 2021 (“the Notification”), allowed all shops and establishments in the State, employing ten or... Continue Reading →


Women, who earlier stayed at home fulfilling domestic duties, are now considered as the backbone of any economy. She is participating in the process of economic development on an equal footing with men, simultaneously managing both home and work. Women have moved away from their traditional roles of homemaker and child rearing to social and... Continue Reading →

New Wage Code: Simpler or Wider

There has been a lot of noise about the New Wage Code that has come into effect a few weeks ago. We have tried to simpliciter provide a map to decipher the New Wage Code and our thoughts are distilled into this Code of Wages - ALA Outlook. We would be happy to receive feedback... Continue Reading →

Who’s heard the Good News? Maternity Benefit Amendments: An Insight

  In, what is one of the most progressive steps for working women, the Parliament has passed Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2017 (“Amendment Act”). The Amendment Act received presidential assent on 27th March 2017 and was published in the official gazette on 28th March 2017. The Ministry of Labour and Employment has issued further Maternity... Continue Reading →

An Act to prohibit and redress sexual harassment against women in the workplace

Nearly 9 months after the Act received Presidential Assent, the Central Government on 9th December 2013, has notified the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The notification of this Act is a small albeit important step in the direction towards ensuring free and fair working environments for women in... Continue Reading →

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