Remote working culture has resulted in a thin line of difference between work and home in the last 24 months. This calls for revisiting certain regulatory guidelines of the shop and establishment act and redefining them to holistically cover work-from-home scenarios.
The Government should clarify the aspects, and their extent, of the shop and establishment act that apply to the work from home scenario.
With the workforce widely spread over the country, the guidelines about professional tax, which is a state subject and collected in the state where the office(s) is located, needs to be clarified.
The scope of employee policies needs to be revisited. Policies such as prevention of sexual harassment at workplace (POSH) need to be redefined keeping in mind the employees who operate remotely.
The Government should adopt a holistic approach to re-evaluate labour policies and the new paradigm of taxation stemming out of the emerging remote work culture. This should not only involve amending existing, traditional laws, but introduce reforms that will boost the overall economic development.
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