LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW

VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1

FAILED OPTIMIZATION OF LABOUR LAWS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

AUTHORED BY:

Krishan Singhal, 

Student,

National Law University, Jodhpur

CO-AUTHORED BY:

Yashovardhan Singh, 

Student,

National Law University, Jodhpur

ABSTRACT

Labour Law or the Employment Law concerns the rights, obligations and regulation of workers, their unions and employers at the workplace. In the ongoing narrative over the economic slowdown due to the pandemic-induced lockdown, labour laws are often portrayed as opposing and hindering the economic growth, and thus some relaxations are deemed necessary by some business houses and governments alike to tease back momentum in the economy. To the contrary, an opposing faction argues that such a move is bound to jeopardise the hard-fought battle that has secured the much prized rights to the vulnerable class of the labourers, especially so, when they are already facing widespread lay-offs and unpredictability over lost livelihoods. Here is an attempt at analyzing the much-hyped need for reforms in the labour law regime, as it stands presently, and if at all there is any legitimate requirement, in view of the pandemic, to tweak the laws, what ought to be the viable response to it? Moreover, we also comment on varying paths chosen by several state governments in order to usher in the purported reforms.

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