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The new work paradigm: considerations for organisations operating in India

28 June 2022, 6.00pm IST

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The new work paradigm: considerations for organisations operating in India


On 28 June 2022, The Legal 500 and Trilegal bring labour and employment experts alongside general counsels to discuss what employers need to know about resuming work post the pandemic in India. Join the webinar session to understand common concerns around returning to the workplace, hybrid work models, and tackling employee engagement and health issues arising from such work arrangements. Our speakers will share their insights and provide practical guidance to help you align your strategy with the unique opportunities and challenges of the workplace of the future.

We will dive into some of the key issues, which include:

  • How can organsations manage a return-to-work strategy in a safe and compliant manner?
  • How viable are hybrid working models in India?
  • Is the labour law changing to accommodate these new working arrangements?
  • What are the expectations from employers once the new laws are enacted?
  • Can employers make vaccinations against Covid-19 mandatory for all employees?
  • How should organisations manage some of the emerging challenges of remote working such as job abandonment, lowered productivity, employee well-being and engagement?
  • Are organisations considering differential pay for those wishing to work remotely on a permanent basis? What are the legalities around this?
  • How can companies leverage the opportunities of the gig economy? Do the Indian labour laws cover freelancers and gig workers?
  • Does the law currently permit cross border work involving freelancers? Is this likely to be impacted by the proposed new law?
  • How do organisations handle ‘high-risk’ employees that will need special treatment following the pandemic?
  • What are some of the success stories of companies adapting to the new normal and transitioning into the workplace of the future?



Partner – Labour and Employment, Trilegal Swarnima is a partner in the employment practice at Trilegal in the Bengaluru office. Swarnima has worked with domestic and multinational clients on a variety of employment matters including structuring employment contracts and policies, handing disciplinary issues and advising on the effective management of resignations and terminations. Swarnima has assisted several clients in formulating workplace preparedness and resiliency plans in light of the pandemic, managing return-to-work, creating hybrid working policies and addressing employment issues facing the new workplace. Swarnima has also collaborated with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) to release a discussion paper that sets out the challenges faced by companies with multi-state employees in light of varying state labour laws, the issues relating to remote and hybrid working, and the potential solutions to overcome these challenges.

Nidhi Parekh

Director Citibank Singapore Nidhi Parekh has 15 years of experience in capital markets and investment banking. She completed her dual graduation in law and business administration with honours in corporate law from the National Law University, Jodhpur. She started her career with Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A Shroff & Co) and moved to Citigroup in 2015. She led the India investment banking legal practice for Citigroup India before taking up a site head role for their global legal office in Mumbai of about 80 lawyers supporting multiple banking products and geographies. Nidhi has recently moved to Singapore and is currently leading investment banking legal team for ASEAN. She plays active role in community initiatives as well as training and development initiatives at Citi. She is co-chair for the Global Training Committee at Citi and has also been on the Diversity Counsel for Citi India. She has been mentor for various team members for last few years and focuses on being a role model with best leadership practices.

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