Uttarakhand High Court: Denial of Maternity Leave for third child unconstitutional
30 July 2018: The High Court of Nainital has ruled that denial of benefits of Maternity Benefit Act to women for third child is against Article 42 of the Constitution and Section 27 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. Article 42 of the constitution states that the State shall make provision for securing just and humane conditions of work and for maternity relief based on which the Court held the opinion that the State cannot shelf its responsibility because an individual already has 2 children.
Chennai: Labour Court orders reinstatement of Hyundai worker retrenched for trying to form a union
11 July 2018: A Chennai Labour Court has held the retrenchment of a Hyundai workman Sridhar illegal. Hyundai Motor India Ltd. had dismissed the services of Sridhar in 2007 after a 6 month long domestic enquiry to derail the union registration process at its Chennai plant. Hyundai had come down heavily on workers in 2007-08 when workers had filed for registration of the trade union of their choice opposing management’s and withdrawing their membership of the management floated yellow union.
Supreme Court pulls up Centre on Welfare Scheme for Construction Workers
20 July 2018: A bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta rapped the government on their laxity to formulate a scheme for the welfare of the construction workers. The division bench was hearing a PIL on the utilisation of cess funds lying unused with the Welfare Board of Construction Workers.
The bench has set 30 September 2018 as the deadline for government to come up with a concrete scheme warning that no further time would be granted for finalising the scheme.