The unexpected arrival of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in 2020, the first wave, and then the second wave in 2021 with the start of New Year 2022 with a different variant, sparked a radical shift in workplace culture around the world.
The world had to bend down before the deadly pandemic effect of the coronavirus and was compelled to force closure of the establishment. Partial or complete lockdown remains the mandatory choice for the society.
Work from home, made it’s entry into Business and Offices where employees were sent back to home to work online and with the passage of days and month, with the fluctuation of high & low effect of pandemic, industries found option to work on hybrid mode also. In Hybrid system, employees were allowed to physically report to office once or twice a week considering the heightening impact of Covid-19.
In India, while lockdown imposed in tandem with the universal policy adopted across the globe to protect lives of human communities, people who are meant and dedicated to provide uninterrupted essential services, were only individuals allowed to work subject to strict compliance of Covid protocol such as wearing face masks, maintain social distancing, frequent sanitizing, washing hands, etc to contain the spread of the Corona Virus in public.
India had a set plan of introduction of Labour Codes as a measure to condensing, simplifying Labour Laws to achieve it’s the dream of ease of doing business by way of filtering out cholesterol in the regulatory system and it planned to usher a substantial change in the industrial sector on a larger scale. But a common query hovering around is about the impact of Labour Codes on the individual employees in days to come.
All four Codes are scheduled to take effect with the introduction of Rules from State Governments, which are already getting published by different States, in line with the mother Codes and many are likely to come in near future.
Union of workers or employees are resisting the implementation and enforcement of Codes for certain provisions which it believes has been framed in detrimental to the interest of their members but finally, it lies with the Government to take the ultimate call on the matter in progress.