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New work-from-home rules for SEZs will help employers get employees back to office: Experts

A new rule has been added that applies to employees of IT/ITeS units, employees who are temporarily incapacitated, those who are travelling and those who are working offsite

July 20, 2022 / 12:55 PM IST
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The Department of Commerce has notified an amendment to the 2006 Special Economic Zone (SEZ) rules, allowing up to 50 percent of total employees of Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) to work from home. Experts say that the notification can help employers get employees to return to office, as well as shape a hybrid work model as it gives employees the flexibility they are asking for.

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, a partner at tech advisory firm Catalincs and former Chairman and MD at Cognizant India, said, “One, many companies were struggling to get their employees back in office. This notification is a blessing for them to get them into office citing the government directive. Two, it helps shape a hybrid work model with employees enjoying the flexibility of working from a physical office for two to three days a week or every alternative week, and so on,” he said.

A new rule, 43A, has been added that applies to employees of IT/ITeS units, employees who are temporarily incapacitated, those who are travelling and those who are working offsite.

The Department of Commerce said the notification was issued “on demand from the industry for making a provision for a country-wide uniform Work From Home (WFH) policy.”