Employment Law

Overview

The Firm offers a wide range of legal services in the Labour & Employment space, ranging from guiding clients through the labyrinth of federal and state Employment laws, advise on employment terms and conditions including individual and collective agreements, employee handbooks and standing orders, all human resource policies and benefit schemes like bonus schemes and ESOPs and compliance audits/due diligence.

The Firm provides advice and support during complex negotiations with trade unions in matters relating to strike, lockout, closure, general demands, etc.

The Firm also has experience and expertise in handling sensitive and complex issues arising out of workforce reductions (RIF). We also handle all aspects of employee-related litigation, including representing clients before conciliation authorities, labour courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.

The Firm also assists clients in all inclusion and diversity matters. This ranges from an exhaustive experience in conducting disciplinary proceedings, including handling of complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace and other EEO matters.

The Firm also conducts regular training programmes on Employment Law and employee resource issues, including on gender sensitisation at work.

Focus Areas

Employment Documentation
Employment Law Compliances
Employment Disputes
Industrial Relations
Trade Union Matters
Immigration & Expatriate compensation
Workplace discrimination & POSH
ESOPs

Key Practice Differentiators

  • Pan - India employment practice : With a core team of 15 full-time employment lawyers, Kochhar & Co enjoys a strong competitive advantage via an ability to provide pan-Indian Labour and Employment law support to clients through six full-service offices in India. Few rival firms offer the same national coverage.
  • Strong stand-alone practice : Numerous clients engage us for our specialised Labour and Employment practice.
  • Manufacturing and Services sector clients : We understand the nuances and have extensive experience in advising clients across wide-ranging industry sectors. Our client roster includes numerous blue-chip multinationals and Indian corporations with large workforce located across India from the manufacturing and services sectors.
  • Technology : Our practice has a concentration of technology sector clients plus numerous companies that operate research, development, and outsourcing facilities in India.
  • Sexual harassment : The Firm has a specialty advising Indian and multinational clients on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) at the workplace and has more experience than other firms in this important area of Employment Law.
  • International links : Kochhar & Co is the exclusive India member of an elite global employment law network. Through our membership of the network, we have forged relationships with numerous law firms and major companies around the world on cross-border employment projects.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Top-Tier firm for Labour & Employment by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017-2021)
    Legal 500
  • Recipient of IBLJ Indian Law Firm Award for Labour & Industrial Relations (2019-2021)
    IBLJ
  • Chambers Asia Pacific Ranked Firm for Employment Law (2018-2021)
    Chambers & Partners
  • Vijay B Ravi has been recognised as a Ranked lawyer by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018-2021), Elite Leading Lawyer 2021 and Leading Individual (2018-2020) by Legal 500 Asia Pacific
    Legal 500 | Chamber & Partners
  • Suhas Srinivasiah has been recognised among Top 100 Lawyers in India for Labour & Employment by FORBES India Legal Powerlist 2020, Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, Global leader and Recommended Lawyer by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) 2021
    Forbes Legal Powerlist | Legal 500 | Who’s Who Legal (WWL)
  • Debjani Aich has been recognised as Next Generation Partner 2021 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Thought Leader India 2020, 2021 & Recommended lawyer 2020 by Who’s Who Legal (WWL)
    Legal 500 | Who’s Who Legal (WWL)
  • Gagan Verma has been recognised as Leading Lawyer for Employment Law by India Law Firm Awards IBLJ 2017
    IBLJ
  • Indrani Lahiri has been recognised as a Leading Lawyer 2018 and Recommended Lawyer 2019 for Labour & Employment by Legal 500 Asia Pacific
    Legal 500
Key Contacts

Vijay B. Ravi

Suhas Srinivasiah

Savitha Kesav Jagadeesan

Aruna Kumari

Debjani Aich

Shanthala Rao

Gagan Verma

Indrani Lahiri

Sameena Jahangir

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