5 Employee Rights You Should Know

5 Employee Rights

Ask some of the greatest entrepreneurs of today or some of the biggest brands of the world about employees and they all would have one unanimous voice that employees are their biggest assets. It is a fact that people power drives a brand northward. At present many companies offer their employees different benefits and incentives when it comes to employee care. Having said that, there are firms who might not be as concerned about employee rights and might not even follow the rules and regulation around employee hiring, retention, termination or more. But, not all of us are aware of our rights. So, let us take a quick glance through five of the most important rights an employee should be aware off.

1. Minimum Wages Act – All of us might just not be aware of the minimum wages act that is applicable to employees of different categories in India including unskilled and skilled ones and varies across the country. The wage deciding factors are region, type of work, working hours, cost of living and the employer capacity to pay. You can get detailed information by checking the employee wages act.

2. Sexual Harassment Protection – We are not new to sexual harassment cases that have time and again become topics of discussion. For those who are not aware, there is already a sexual harassment act in place for women for prevention, prohibition and redressal brought into effect since 2013. It is a punishable offense and carries imprisonment of upto 3 year and might include fine too. The offenses listed under it include Passing Sexual comments, showing porn, demanding sexual favors, physical advances or contact and other verbal, non verbal or physical and unwelcome conduct or sexual nature.

3. Public Holiday List – The government of India has declared Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti as the mandatory three national holidays. For any working on this day, prior permission from authorities needs to be taken. The employer needs to provide a compensatory leave or double wages to the employee if made to work on these days.

4. Pregnancy & Parental Leave

5. Probation rights – The probation period for an employee is kept as 6 months. It could be extended to 3 months more as well but cannot extend more than 2 years. Employers can terminate the employee if the work is found unsatisfactory. In cases otherwise the employee has the right to request an enquiry into the matter of termination.

There are many more laws for employees and its always advisable that you are aware of all of them, so that when the need be you know what your rights are and can use them to the optimum.

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Search and Siezures Law in India – Police Powers

While it is the duty of the police to ensure law and order in the society, we all have heard of instances where police have crossed their lines and invaded our human rights. But, many of us due to ignorance are not able to take suitable measures to use our rights when the time comes. So, here is a brief overview about police powers related to search and seizures in India.

Search and Siezures Law in India

Police Interrogation – While there is no law where you can skip police interrogation when normally fit and stopped for one, its only good for you to answer them like a lawful citizen. If you do not cooperate with interrogation they do have the powers to arrest you.

Eg. You are driving on the road in the wee hours of the night and the police stop you. They might want to check your car for any illegal weapons or if its a dry area for unauthorized alcohol. At such a point you need to stop and cooperate further.

Search – Usually a search warrant is required as per the 1973 Criminal Procedure Code of India when it comes to searching your house or offices, but if there is no time to attain the warrant and an immediate search is important they can do so. But, the search has to be carried out in presence of the owners and the seized items if any need to be listed. Two witnesses have to be present alongside as well. Police can carry out a search in your house or office without a warrant if they suspect that you have been hiding a criminal of stuff that is considered unlawful like drugs , etc. As for shared house, in case you are not present, shared areas can be searched by police without warrant but not your private stuff. Police can also search without permission a towed or seized car.

So, it’s advisable for you to cooperate with them and be aware of the law. Having said that if you find any misbehavior or unnecessary harassment from the police, you might as well file your complaint with the human rights commission.

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