Non-discrimination in the law is a necessary first step to help female job-seekers enter the market without any roadblocks. But employers also need to see the paucity of women as a problem and be willing to implement solutions.
Leela had been a binding assistant at the Kerala Books and Publications Society, a state-
owned textbook publishing house, for 19 years when she was overlooked for the post of a supervisor.
In terms of seniority, she claimed she was eligible for a promotion. However, her employer argued
that as a woman, she could not work beyond 7 pm, which she would need to in a supervisory role,
under the Factories Act, 1948.
We all know women who log night shifts at the Cyber-hub, Gurgaon or IT hub, Bangalore or a bank office. But, it’s not as simple as clearing multiple rounds of interviews, and working hard every day at your job. No! In 13 Indian states, women can only be employed for night-shifts if their employers comply with a set of conditions mandated under their Shops and Establishments Acts.
State governments have approximately 5 months to frame pro worker, pro business rules. Sarvnipun Kaur and Bhuvana Anand from Trayas share their thoughts on what can be expected from the labour codes.
In this article. Dr K P Krishnan, IEPF Chair Professor in Regulatory Economics, NCAER and Ravi Venkatesan, Founder and Chairman of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship share lessons from the Pubjab’s bottom-up model in overhauling its regulatory requirements to improve the regulatory environment for businesses.