India: Companies Advised to Build Comprehensive Work-From-Home Policies

The government issued an advisory that urges companies to build long-term work-from-home (WFH) policies for jobs where remote work is possible. The union labor secretary said that many employers were already exploring WFH options as a long-term solution to mitigate COVID-19 and supplement current work arrangements.

Comprehensive WFH policies directed by both worker and employer representatives will help maintain India’s commitment to promoting workers’ rights, encouraging better employment opportunities and enhancing social protections. Differentiated WFH policies are also being considered for flexible workers with an emphasis on ensuring support for any new workers’ rights developments as they may arise.

As part of the advisory, the Ministry of Labour recommended that state governments allow WFH accommodations for nursing mothers. The advisory encourages employers to allow nursing mothers to work remotely wherever the nature of the work permits for at least one year from the date of birth of the child.

India is also starting to see a return to the office under certain conditions. The Government of Karnataka is now allowing the operation of commercial establishments as long as employers are following all appropriate COVID-19 protocols. Employers must also ensure that only employees who are vaccinated have access to office premises.

Takeaway: A sound WFH approach and flexibility around leave can provide vital advantages for attracting and retaining workers in a highly competitive market for critical talent. An expert workforce solutions partner can help provide guidance on trends and practices in these areas.

North America

US: Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employment Regulation

US: New York City Fair Chance Act Amendments in Effect

US: California’s Prop 22 Worker Classification Law Struck Down

Canada: Pay Equity Act Aims to Close Gender Gap in the Workforce


UK: Flexible Working Model Will Not Apply to Financial Services

UK: Umbrella Company Update: New Government Proposals Amid Calls for Total Ban

UK: Single Worker Status Proposed by Labour Party

EU: Whistleblower Protection Directive Laws Coming Late 2021


Australia: Surprise Ruling Strengthens Employers’ Say in Casual Worker Classifications

China: New Laws Protect the Rights of Flexible Workers

Singapore: Government Commits to Supporting Women’s Equality in the Workforce

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