Labour and Employment Laws in India Webinar

Kealan Finnegan |

The UK India Business Council (UKIBC), in partnership with our member Trilegal, conducted a webinar on 18th December highlighting “Labour and Employment Laws in India.” Our expert speaker, Atul Gupta, Employment Partner at Trilegal based in India, shared his insights on key changes and developments in the Indian labour and employment laws pipeline.

Atul addressed the significant developments in India over the last few months. The Indian government is seeking to convert 44 labour and employment laws into four overarching codes: New Wage Code, Industrial Relations Code, Occupational Health and Safety Code, and the Social Security Code. These developments aim to simplify Indian labour and employment regulations at state and national levels.

The webinar also examined the Supreme Court provident fund (PF) ruling in February 2019, which reiterated that PF contributions are mandatory on all fixed/guaranteed allowances, not just basic salary, and the new rules and practices around creche facilities.

As UKIBC continues to help our members succeed in India, it is beneficial for those involved to understand how the laws in India vary from state to state as well as on a national level. A predicted timeline for implementation of the four codes is two to three years. Assuming the codes are successfully enforced, India will rise in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings, making it an even more attractive location for companies to take their business.

The UKIBC is highly supportive of this initiative given that our recent Doing Business in India report showcased that 59% of respondents stated that regulatory and legal impediments remain the top barrier to the ease of doing business in India.

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