Saturday, August 31, 2013

Work at home or flexible working hours for women ?

House panel moots flexible working hours for women

Observing that the percentage of women employees in government organisations is far from satisfactory, a Parliamentary panel on Friday recommended flexible work timings for women.

The Parliamentary standing committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, in its report on the Status of Women in Government Employment and in Public Sector Undertakings, with regard to the Service Conditions, Protection against exploitation, incentives and other related issues, said that adopting a policy of flexible timings for women, especially young mothers, would help in ensuring a better balance between work and home.
“If this factor responsible for attrition is adequately addressed, it would help in retaining experienced and skilled staff, preserving commitment and loyalty and minimising the need for training and capacity building of fresh recruits, thereby ensuring improved productivity and profitability,” the report said.
The panel recommended that the government explore the possibility of framing policy on “staggered working hours” or “work at home” for women.
Maintaining that Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 should be implemented in letter and spirit, the panel observed that merely transferring the delinquent employee is not adequate redressal, and strict disciplinary action should be taken.
The panel underlined the need for the government to ensure that grant of maternity leave of 180 days and 730 days of child care leave with pay be uniform in all government departments and the organisations and bodies under its control.

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