The government granted full WFH options to employees of IT units in special economic zones (SEZ) until December 2023, amid a dispute in the private sector about the effectiveness of WFH.
A brief about Government allows 100% Work From Home for the employees of IT units in SEZ Zones:
In order to do this, the government modified the regulations for Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and authorized IT/ITeS units in SEZ to permit 100% Work From Home (WFH) until December 31, 2023, subject to certain restrictions.
The commerce ministry stated in a notice that “a unit may authorize its staff to work from home or from any place outside the SEZ.”
The terms of the notification stipulate that SEZ unit owners must inform the development commissioner of the relevant zone of the decision and must continue to operate from the location once it has been granted.
Once the WFH starts, units planning future WFH can send an email notification to those units. The statement went on to say that workers working off-site, traveling, and temporarily incapacitated personnel are all covered by the decision.
The announcement further stated that SEZ units must maintain a list of personnel who are pursuing WFH or working from outside the zone rather than submitting such a list.
The employee must be attached to the account because the unit will be responsible for tracking the export income of the final product and services. The notification also discusses the availability of laptops, desktop computers, and other hardware to ensure efficient WFH.
The notification extends WFH beyond the Special Economic Zone unit’s previous limit of one year, which could be increased by up to 50% of all employees.