Tamil Nadu: SHRC orders reinstatement of worker with ₹ 20.67 lakhs as back wages
21 June 2019: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) to reinstate a worker who was terminated in 2004 for allegations of irregular work. The labour department had held the termination wrongful in 2010 and ordered re-instatement of the worker. However, the TNSTC denied work to the workman for 8 years. Taking cognizance of the matter SHRC held TNSTC was violating the human rights of the workman and ordered immediate reinstatement of the worker along with a payment of ₹20.67lakhs as back wages.
Kerala: Labour department to prosecute 125 shops for failure to provide sitting facilities to women workers
19 June 2019: In a surprise check conducted by the Labour Enforcement Department of over 500 jewelry shops, textile shops and shopping malls, 125 establishments were found to be in violation of the rules of the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act amendment last year which mandated sitting provisions for sales workers. Textile shops and shopping malls account for largest number of violators with 31% and 42% respectively failing to provide sitting facilities to women workers. Notices have been issued to all 125 shops and cancelling licenses is under consideration.