ONLINE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL LAWS
In this article we will briefly talk about the market forces in India that are creating new opportunities for lawyers, HR professionals and compliance professionals (including CA and CS professionals, various types of auditors and due diligence professionals) and what those opportunities are, then moving on to discuss a labour law course that was created to cater to these opportunities.
Why labour law/ employment law/ industrial law is becoming an attractive area to specialize in?
At the time when India became independent after British rule, India’s manufacturing sector was only 9% of the economy. In the last seven decades, most of India’s growth came from industrial development and adding a huge services sector.
You may think that most of the growth came from big, organized industries. However, in reality, it came from unorganized SMEs. Most of the India’s workforce, almost 80% by some estimates, continue to work in unorganized sector.
However, the trend has been towards a shift – as industries grow and mature, so has governance. Some of the first legislations created by the independent Indian government was regarding labour laws.
Over the decades, especially since the 90s when liberalization of Indian economy started, government has been trying to relax and rationalize the labour laws. It has been tricky to balance the interest of workers and the businesses. However, need for economic growth of the country has sped up the development.
On the other hand, entrepreneurship in India has been at it’s peak. Never in history has so many Indians started businesses in the organized sector nor have ever been there so many jobs in the organized sector.
The government is also pushing organized sector as it pays more tax, ensures more welfare for its work force and has overall much more accountability.
The unorganized sector has been largely beyond the pale of regulations and laws so far. However, the tectonic shift that has begun towards organizing businesses have made labour and industrial laws as well as formal ways of engaging workforce such as through a job backed by a contract (as opposed to daily wage or temporary workers) is on the rise.
This itself has created a massive market for professionals who can assist companies and organizations to comply with the labyrinth of labour, employment and industrial laws in India.
Who should learn Labour Laws/ Employment Laws/ Industrial Laws?
Primarily, there are two markets where the demand for experts on labour/employment or industrial law is the highest. We will talk about both in details below:
1. Opportunities for Lawyers
There are two kind of lawyers who benefit the most from expertise in labour and employment laws. Firstly, there are independent counsels all over India, including tier 2 and tier 3 cities, as well as bigger economic centers in the metro, who are handling a lot of labour law matters in courts and tribunals.
This line of work can be attractive as you tend to get stable retainership contracts that ensures a regular cash flow for private practitioners. Law firms that cater primarily to labour law compliances and disputes have been emerging.
The new generation of Indians, more assertive about their rights and aware of laws, are also taking on their employers more often dragging them to court over legal violations. This creates new practice opportunities for lawyers.
However, apart from serving companies as outside counsels, for those looking for a job in a corporate as in-house counsel, expertise in these areas is invaluable. Any prospective employer highly value employment law skills and might often hire based on this expertise alone in case they are employee heavy companies.
However, it is difficult to show to prospective clients or recruiters that one really has expertise in such areas even when you are already practicing and doing this work.
This is simply because a client or employer cannot really determine what cases you have been handling in the past unless you worked for a similar company in a similar role and the same is documented. We will tell how to solve this problem in next part of this article.
2. Opportunities for HR professionals and compliance professionals
While HR professionals do not get formal legal training, they are expected to know the laws and regulations and benefit hugely in their career if they master these skills.
There is just too much work to ensure compliance, managing employee contracts and even occasional negotiations that pivot on legal issues, and organizations do not like to involve lawyers for strategic and financial reasons.
However, a professional who knows his laws and regulations are valuable assets and highly appreciated. They are also more likely to get promotions and see faster increase in salary due to this additional and relatively rare skill. When it is backed by a proper qualification, growth is even more likely.
An online course on labour laws, employment laws and industrial laws, covering best practices, strategies and real life case studies, for lawyers and compliance professionals
In India, labour law is taught in law schools in a very theoretical manner, where one learns about various statutes and their interpretations through case laws. This is grossly inadequate when one actually faces real life problems.
Let me give you an example.
A labour inspector visits an IT firm and claims that certain things are not in place. If there is a lawyer in the firm, they might be called on to deal with the situation. Otherwise it may fall on the plate of a senior manager in the firm, sometimes the HR manager.
If you look through labour law textbooks, there will be nothing that guides the poor soul as to how to take forward the interaction with the inspector, what are the rights and duties of the firm, what documents the inspector can demand to see etc. This can be a significant advantage or disadvantage depending on expertise of the person handling the situation.
Another example: you boss calls a meeting to discuss what the company can do to reduce attrition in the firm. Should you introduce new conditions or employment bonds in your employment agreement? What will be enforceable? Obviously, if a colleague has practical knowledge regarding this, they will steal the thunder in that meeting.
National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, one of the premier National Law Universities, in collaboration with India’s leading online education service providers, iPleaders.in (based out of Delhi) has launched a certificate course in labour and industrial laws to address the gap discussed above.
About the online course on labour and industrial laws
- Manufacturing units are often left paralyzed by their workers unions resorting to agitations and strikes to compel the management to submit to their unfair demands. Besides the loss of revenue and production, companies sometimes even witness destruction of property by the unions and violence. The most distinctive feature of this course is that it teaches you how to deal effectively with such situations, resolve and prevent labour disputes effectively. It also takes on the point on how to achieve competitiveness through better labour relations.
- Further, the Indian law requires detailed and extensive compliances with regard to Labour Laws. This course teaches you to identify the various labour laws and policies to be complied with by respective manufacturing units depending upon their nature, compliance of the labour laws and its implications.
- The course also teaches drafting of offer letters, structure pay packages, working conditions and employment benefits.
Learning objective of the Labour and Industrial Law Course
- Every law college or a specialized labour law course that you enrol will teach the theoretical aspects of the labour and industrial laws, most of the time without referring to specific work areas. This course teaches you best practices, practical insights and how to deal with actual situations on the ground and does not focus on memorizing sections and case laws.
- This course teaches you how to deal with real time labour disputes and how to approach them to get an amicable solution and improving the relations with the labourers to promote harmonious working conditions in the company to achieve the company’s goals with effectively.
- Organizations want their lawyers and in house legal counsels to work with the management to find amicable solutions to labour unrests and avoid any further damage. With this course you can learn to identify areas of potential problems and resolve them. You will get access to a risk management approach through this course.
- Such specialized knowledge and practical learning adds on to your strengths be it in corporate, litigation, in house counsels and management. In addition to the services provided by you to your clients in labour and industrial disputes, you can help them in resolving various labour and industrial disputes that the company faces and advise them on what to do during labour unrest. This is also true for HR managers and executives, Industry and factory managers who primarily and directly deal with unions on behalf of the company.
- This course is helpful for the students also as they can start their career on a solid footing and signal valuable expertise to potential employers.
Target audience of Labour and Industrial Law Course
- The course is designed and structured in a manner to provide seamless and easily accessible learning which can be applied in day-to-day work by Industrial and factory managers, HR professionals, company secretaries, labour law practitioners, law students and lawyers who may work on labour and employment law related matters.
Why this Course?
Who has prepared the course material?
- The course content has been designed by industry experts and leading lawyers involved in labour and industrial laws disputed, thus adding updated knowledge and practicality to the subject and covers the minute details that will add an edge to your ability to work in the industry as an expert.
What is the distinguishing feature of this Labour and Industrial Law course?
- The course teaches you about the various statutory labour and industrial law compliances, resolving various labour disputes and unrests and promotion of healthy labour relations to attain competitiveness. Amongst others, it also includes the following:
- Compliance with the obligations to prevent sexual harassment at workplace, setting up of the committee for sexual harassment at workplace and other related compliances;
- Dealing with government authorities;
- Strategic procedures, checklists for key legislations;
- Extensive coverage of labour law compliances;
- Drafting of various documentations like offer letters, employment benefits, structuring pay packages, etc.
What is the duration of the course?
- The course is for a period of 3 months. Once you register, you can take the exam anytime within the next 12 months, which adds to the flexibility of the course. Also, exams are online and there is no need to travel to give exams.
How to access the course?
- The course is available online and can be accessed at any given point of time. iPleaders also have their software/application ‘Lawsikho’ which comes with an integrated app that can be downloaded on mobiles and tablets to access the courses. You can simply login using your credentials and access the course on the go no matter where you are and what time of the day it is.
What is the teaching methodology of the course?
- The course is primarily taught online. It is a distance course offered by National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. It is self paced and one can learn in their comfort zone.
What is the fees of the course?
- The course fee is Rs. 8000/-.
Are hard copies of the material available?
- Neither hard copies are provided nor they are required to study the course.
How are the doubts cleared?
- Any academic or course related doubts are cleared within 24 hours on the discussion forum and dedicated email and telephone support is provided for any query.
How is the exam conducted?
- The exam is conducted online at the end of the course. One can give exams from a computer and there is no need to travel to give exams.
Where do we get the certification from?
- After successful completion of the course and online exam, the certification is given from NUJS, Kolkata.
Are there any live classes?
- There are no live classes for this course. However, at times there may be some opportunity to attend such live classes.
Is attendance compulsory?
- It is a self paced course and attendance is not relevant.
What is the eligibility criteria to participate in the Labour and Industrial Law Course?
Anyone who is pursuing an undergraduate course or already have a graduate degree can apply.
Where can I enrol into this labour law and industrial law course?
Please visit the Labour law course page to find more details and enrol into the course.