Labour Laws for Managers
Year / Semester: 
4th Semester

Understanding of the legal framework is important for the efficient decision making relating to man management and industrial relations. The course aims to provide an understanding, application and interpretation of the various labour laws and their implications for industrial relations and labour issues.


Industrial Relations: Contextual and Constitutional Framework, Dimensions of the Problems of Industrial Relations and the Law; Regulations of Trade Unions; Trade Unionism: Statutory Definition of Trade. Union Registration of Trade Unions Members, Office-Bearers and Outsiders in Trade Unions, Trade Union Finances and Funds, Privileges of Registered Trade Unions (Recognition of Trade Unions, Collective Bargaining, Unfair Labour Practice and Victimisation); Regulations of Industrial Disputes: Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, Industrial Disputes and Individual Disputes, Interaction and Participants in Industrial Dispute, Settlement of Industrial Disputes, Powers of the Government, Instruments of Economic Coercion, Lay-off; retrenchment; transfer; closure; and discharge and dismissal; Standing Orders: Scope and Coverage of the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 Concept and Nature of Standing Orders, Certification Process-Its Operation and Binding Effect, Modification and Temporary Application of Model Standing Orders, Role of the Government Under the IESOA; Workers' Participation in Management.

Suggested Readings: 

1. Kapoor N.D. ‘Elements of Industrial Law’, Sultan Chand, 1998.
2. Srivastava, ‘Industrial Relations and Labour laws’, Vikas, 4th edition, 2000.
3. Respective Acts.
4. Dhandapani, ‘Commercial and Industrial Law’, Sultan Chand, 1998. 5. Das Gupta,’Maintaining Industrial Discipline’, Response Books, 2002.