Monday, January 8, 2018


Before discussing the welfare measures of an employee at work, the measures available at work for redresal of grievance or problem on either side of employee and employer have to be understood clearly.

Striking Work is the right available to the employees under collective bargaining to stop or abstain from work till such time the right of employee with respect to employment is addressed to the justified level as per labor laws of the state.

The employer should agree to the demand of employees if the strike is established as legal and the employer has to pay back the wages of employees for the period of strike. In case the strike is established as illegal, the employees may lose wages for the strike period with a penalty.

Lockout is a measure adapted by the employer to temporarily lock the gates of the company from employees entering the premises when it can be reasonably established that there is a danger to the property/business if the employees are allowed in the premises and lift the same the earliest the danger/damage signs vanish. During the period of lockout the employee receives no wages.

Layoff is a measure adapted by the employer to cater for lesser demand in the market for services/skills of employees temporarily and is resorted to such a time the demand reestablishes in the market.

During layoff, the employer should constantly be considering how to redeploy the employees and pay them the minimum wages as stipulated by law for survival of employee at a dignified level. The employees should wait patiently for the change without resorting to any unlawful activities or may quit the employment as per the rules laid down.

Employee welfare measures are such steps taken by the employer ensuring welfare of employee in a reasonable way without disrupting active, profitable and productive work.

Welfare at work is a concept in which the employee does his/her work with devotion and the employer takes care of some of the specific measures related to the employee where in if not done, the employee’s health and well being and hence his/her rightful living are affected and the work output in turn suffers.

Welfare measures are defined many times in various measures depending on the ruling authorities. It is difficult to define welfare measures at one stretch.

The capitalistic economies define welfare in one way and the socialist economies define different from this. Economies of socialist groups have broken down where the implementation of welfare measures could not be checked or allowed to exist beyond the means. Economies of capitalistic groups have prospered but only at the exploitation of the weak.

Countries which follow mixed economies have broadly adopted certain welfare measures and related Parliamentary Acts have been passed. In India, the following acts generally take care of employee welfare in the organised sector 
Read here..

Welfare is a measure to be remembered by both employer and employee the right way. It helps the business to grow and both employer and employee are happy and become prosperous. If misused, both the parties would get affected and in general the economy of the state will be under threat..

The Employer has primarily invested his/her wealth in the business for earning a decent profit after meeting the cost towards employee welfare and grow the same. He/she always wishes to withdraw his/her investment if his/her business is not profitable and if the law of land does not permit that, first of all he/she will not invest. The employee should ever remember this at work and never demand beyond what can reasonably be afforded..



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