Invitation – Seminar
India’s New Labor Law on Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace and Recent Trends in Employment Litigation in India
Thursday , june 6th, 2013
VENUE: Cabana Crowne Plaza hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306
India recently enacted a new labor law titled ‘The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.’ The statute was enacted almost 16 years after the Supreme Court of India, in its landmark judgment in Vishaka and others v. State of Rajasthan, laid down guidelines making it mandatory for every employer to provide a mechanism to redress grievances pertaining to workplace sexual harassment and enforce the right to gender equality of working women. Codification of the requirements in relation to prevention of sexual harassment at the workplace is a much-awaited development and is a significant step towards ensuring women a safe and healthy work environment.
The seminar seeks to highlight the salient features of this new law and also indicate the obligations cast upon the employer once the law is made effective. The seminar shall also provide an update on the trends in relation to employment litigation in India and our experience in dealing with some recent cases.
Flow of the session
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM: Registration and Light breakfast
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Seminar
Vikram Shroff
Head of the HR Law practice at Nishith Desai Associates
Vikram Shroff is the head of the HR Law practice at Nishith Desai Associates, a leading law firm in India. Vikram’s practice involves primarily in advising clients on employment contracts; advising on competition and solicitation restrictions; structuring of expatriate and secondment arrangements; drafting HR policies and employee handbooks; assistance in compensation structuring; structuring and documentation of ESOPs; advising on employee transfer and post-merger integration; advising on employment termination and downsizing and advising on employment litigation matters.
Vikram has been selected as being among the world’s pre-eminent Management Labour & Employment lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2012 and 2013 and recognised as a leading employment and employee benefits lawyer by Practical Law Company (UK).
Vikram was recently nominated for the LegalEra Awards 2013 for the ‘Young Achievers Award of the Year in the Firm Category (40 Years & Below)’.
Vikram is SHRM India’s subject matter expert for Industrial Relations.
Vyapak Desai
Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
Vyapak Desai is a Partner & also heads the International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice at the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai- Nariman Point, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, New Delhi and Mumbai -BKC. Vyapak is also a Senior Attorney in the Corporate and Securities Practice group at the firm.
Vyapak holds a Bachelors degree in law and a Masters degree in Commercial Laws (Corporate, Labor and Tax) from Gujarat University. He is also a trained Mediator.
Vyapak represents clients in a wide-range of services with a special focus on cutting edge cross-border and complex litigations and international commercial arbitrations. He has extensive experience advising clients with creative and pragmatic solutions in order to attain effective dispute resolution strategies. He is a leading attorney in the advisement and representation of clients involved in media, entertainment, franchising, oil and gas, and financial services sectors for pre-litigation strategies, arbitrations and litigation before various forums including the Supreme Court, High Courts and Tribunals of India.
Vyapak advises clients on several Indian and international public offerings, fund investments, mergers & acquisitions, PIPE deals, issues related to corporate and securities laws, foreign direct investment and other exchange control laws.
Vyapak is often on the speaker circuit for both domestic and international conferences including seminars held by Harvard Law School on Bilateral Investment Treaties, CCH-Kluwer, Marcus Events, Inhouse Congress conference and Asial Law/IFLR Conference, Lexis-Nexis etc on Cross Border Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration, India Venture Capital Journal, ICAI on Legal aspects for Foreign Investments in India, Corporate & Securities laws etc. Mr. Desai has authored many articles on implications of various rulings on BITs, arbitration laws, corporate and securities laws, shareholder remedies in cases of fraud and issues regarding the doctrine of priority of state debts etc. Vyapak is a member of Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.


Participants who cannot attend in person, may dial-in to the numbers below at 8:25 am (PDT)

New York (USA):

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 11:25:00 EDT UTC-4 hours

Mumbai (India):

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 20:55:00 IST UTC+5:30 hours

Silicon Valley:

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 08:25:00 PDT UTC-7 hours


Thursday, 6 June 2013, 23:25:00 SGT UTC+8 hours

London (UK):

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 16:25:00 BST UTC+1 hour


Friday, 7 June 2013, 00:25:00 JST UTC+9 hours


Primary Number:+91 22 6629 0347
Secondary Number:+91 22 3065 0347

For participants who can attend in-person,
please join us at the venue by 8:00 am (PDT) at:

Venue (in-person):

Cabana Crowne Plaza Hotel

4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto,
California 94306, United States
Priti Patel : 650.325.7100
Email :


There is no delegate fee being
charged for this program.
Seats are limited.
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About Nishith Desai Associates
Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) is a research based international law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Mumbai-BKC and New Delhi. It specializes in strategic legal, regulatory and tax advice coupled with industry expertise in an integrated manner.
Core practice areas include International Tax, International Tax Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Capital Markets, Corporate & Securities Law, Fund Formation, Fund Investments, Employment and HR, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, JVs & Restructuring, General Commercial Law and Succession and Estate Planning. Our specialized industry niches include financial services, IT and telecom, education, pharma and life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate and infrastructure.