Misconduct of moral turpitude and consequences

Misconduct of moral turpitude and consequences

All HR professionals are aware that the words misconduct and moral turpitude are not defined anywhere in labour laws. It is clear that the law makers find it difficult to define them precisely. However the model standing orders under the Industrial Employment standing orders Act enumerated the misconducts though they are not exhaustive. An attempt is made to explain the concepts with reference to meaning given in the dictionary and also interpretation given by the judiciary in various judgements. There is no straight jacket formula or mathematical criteria to understand them. In the absence of clear and concise definitions, it is much more difficult to explain the misconducts involving moral turpitude and consequences thereof under the labour laws. Judicial pronouncements are major source to elucidate the subject in its right perspective.

Misconduct under labour laws:

In the common parlance, misconduct refers to an Act or conduct of deviation or disorderly or...

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P. Soma Raju

Specialist HR, IR and Labour Laws at Management Consultant, Hyderabad

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P. Soma Raju

Specialist HR, IR and Labour Laws at Management Consultant, Hyderabad

July 2022 Issue

Building Better Work Culture -July 2022

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