27 Nov 2015

Women form a significant portion of the workforce, especially in IT/ITES and BT companies. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows skilled talent to be productive and contribute to India’s GDP. To retain women employees, companies in these industries offer flexible work hours and various other amenities such as crèches and on-campus supermarkets. To facilitate the growth of these industries in Bangalore and elsewhere in the state, the Government of Karnataka exempted companies in these sectors from the generally-applicable restrictions on employing women in night shifts so long as the companies provide transport to women employees and take other measures to protect women’s safety.>>

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17 Nov 2015

The recent changes in the foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regime, termed as a “Diwali gift” by the media, are definitely innovative and can go a  long way towards addressing some major and widely-debated structural gaps and thus in increasing India’s overall attractiveness as a major FDI destination.>>

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17 Nov 2015

For many years, arbitration has been a commonly followed process to settle disputes in India, although with time, different custodians have been vested responsibility for dispute resolution.  For centuries, the heads of families helped amicably resolve issues even though many of them lacked formal legal training or indeed, any experience at all. Later, councils of “village elders” (Panchayats) were formed to facilitate resolution of disputes. The authority and powers vested in them made their decisions more binding.>>

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12 Nov 2015

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 was promulgated by the President of India on October 23rd 2015. The ordinance is effective at once and is expected to bring more clarity and speed to the arbitration process in India. This is another major step in the evolution of India’s legal framework and will likely play a major role in boosting the confidence of domestic and foreign businesses as they explore investments in India.>>

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04 Nov 2015

On 23rd October 2015, the President of India promulgated a new ordinance called “The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Ordinance 2015”. This is an important Ordinance in the larger context of making it easy to do business in India, as it seeks to create a separate set of courts and appellate mechanism to address “commercial disputes”, which the ordinance defines as those disputes arising out of:>>

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