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The Union Commerce Ministry on Tuesday announced new rules for work from home (WFH) in companies across the country, according to which WFH has been allowed in a Special Economic Zone unit for a maximum period of one year and it will be restricted to a total number of employees and can be increased to 50 percent.
The Department of Commerce has notified a new Rule 43A for WFH in the Special Economic Zones Rules, 2006. According to the official notification released by the Centre, the new guidelines for SEZs have been issued after several requests from the employees.
As per the notice issued by the Ministry of Commerce, the rules have been framed on the demand of the industry to provide for a nationwide uniform WFH policy in all Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The new rule provides for work from home for a certain category of employees of a unit in an SEZ.
The class of employees for whom work from home rules have been issued are employees of IT/ITES SEZ units; employees who are temporarily disabled; As per the notification the employees who are traveling and who are working offsite.
The Center further said that the WFH can be increased to a maximum of 50 percent of the total employees including contractual employees of the unit. The notification further mentions that work from home is allowed for a maximum period of one year.
The Center wrote in its notification, 'Work from home is now permitted for a maximum period of one year. However, it can be extended by the DC for one year at a time at the request of the units.
The commerce ministry further wrote, “SEZ units shall provide equipment and secure connectivity for WFH to carry out authorized operations of the units, and removal of equipment is co-terminus with permission granted to an employee.”