PEOPLE

Debjani Aich

Partner

LOCATION
Bangalore
EMAIL
debjani.aich@bgl.kochhar.com
PHONE
+91 80 4030 8000

Profile

Debjani’s Employment Law practice includes representing and advising multinational corporations in relation to their work-force related operations in India, both from a federal and state-level employment and labour law perspective.

She is actively involved in employment-related documentation (including employment contracts, NDAs, secondment contracts and employment/HR policies), compensation structuring, compliance issues/audits, employee transfer and integration issues, immigration matters and employment-related negotiations. She has considerable experience in handling employee terminations, including large-scale contentious RIFs and also serves as the external counsel/observer in termination discussions. She also represents clients before the labour authorities on employment litigation matters.

Debjani has a special interest in laws dealing with prevention of sexual harassment (POSH) in the workplace and EEO matters, having also undergone international certified training in this area. She regularly advises on Indian anti-sexual harassment laws and also serves as the external member of the anti-sexual harassment committees of several clients, with considerable experience in resolving complaints relating to sexual harassment/workplace harassment.

Further, she regularly conducts workplace training on employment laws, including in relation to POSH and discrimination, at a senior management and general employee level. She is a frequent speaker on employment issues at national and international conferences and events.

Expertise

Employment Law
Aerospace & Defence

Publications

Awards & Recognitions

Nominated as Young Achiever by the 10th Annual Indian Legal Awards by Legal Era Awards 2020-21
Next Generation Partner for Labour and Employment law by Legal 500 Guide 2020 & 2021
Thought Leader and Recognised Lawyer by Who's Who Legal (WWL) for Labour and Employment, 2020 & 2021
Recognised lawyer by Who's Who Legal (WWL) for Labour, Employment & Benefits, (2017-2019)
Leading Employment lawyer by Indian Business Law Journal in the year 2017

Education

  • LL.B, University of Delhi, 2000
  • B.A (Honours) Zoology, University of Delhi, 1997
  • Commercial Mediation training - JAMS Foundation, 2015

Memberships

  • Bar Council of Delhi, 2002

Select Experience Statement

  • Advice and assistance on all employment related matters for the Indian subsidiaries of various US publicly traded corporations, including in the financial information and analytics sector, loyalty and marketing services and information technology services.
  • Assistance with large scale downsizing operations, including contentious terminations, of the Indian subsidiaries of prominent US corporations.
  • Serves as the external counsel on the prevention of sexual harassment internal committees of the Indian subsidiaries of various US publicly traded corporations across all India locations.

Industry Presence

  • Panelist at conference on the topic Managing Wave Two: Sharing Industry Best Practices, organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce, April 2021
  • Speaker at session on India's New Employment Laws organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, India, November 2020
  • Speaker at conference on the topic Round Table on impact of labour reform bills on various sectors of Industry organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce, September 2020
  • Keynote Speaker at a Webinar on The POSH Act and how it works at the new 'Normal' workplace, organised by SPRED Law and Legal Sarcasm, July 2020
  • Panelist at the American Bar Association’s Annual Conference 2018 – Global employment in the Trump Era
  • Panelist at the IUS Laboris Annual Conference 2015 – Global Supply Chain employment
  • Speaker at a session on Women empowerment and work life balance organised by ECI Telecom India Pvt Ltd. - March 2019
  • Multiple masterclasses and workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace

Contact Details

  • 201, Prestige Sigma, 3 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001, Karnataka (India)
  • +91 80 4030 8000
  • +91 80 4112 4998
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