Assam enacts Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill-2017


Assam has enacted the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Guwahati. The amendment authorises employers to retrench up to 300 employees without seeking approval of the government which has turned out to be the major land reform so far. The salient feature of the Act is to raise the threshold of the number of employees from 100 to 300 to allow retrenchment of employees without seeking prior approval of the government. Employers are not hiring more people simply because of the fear that hiring more than 100 might lead to problems if they were to be laid off.