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The Government of India has made amendments in Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946 through notification G.S.R. 235(E), which will be called the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018.
The government has extended the facility of hiring workers on fixed-term employment to all sectors.
Earlier, the facility for hiring on fixed term contract was available only for the apparel manufacturing sector.
Key points are as under,
As per the government, this facility will aid industry to employ workers in sectors which are of seasonal nature and witness fluctuation of demand and hence requires flexibility in employing workers.
The labour unions see the proposed amendment to rules as paving way for converting permanent workers into contract workers on fixed term besides facilitating hire-and fire for employers.
In an attempt to tackle Sexual Harassment at Workplaces, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has launched an online complaint portal, SHe-Box (Sexual Harassment electronic box), for women working in both public and private organizations to lodge complaints of sexual harassment at workplace.
Those who have already filed a written complaint with the concerned Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) or Local Complaint Committee (LCC) constituted under the SH Act are also eligible to file their complaint through this portal.
SHe-Box portal is an effort to provide a speedier remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace. Once a complaint is submitted to the portal, it will be directly sent to the ICC/LCC of the concerned employer. Through this portal, WCD as well as a complainant can monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICC/LCC.