“Despite humanitarian gestures by big IT firms, the ground reality is different as employees often come under pressure to appear physically at workplaces. As the lockdown gradually eases, IT firms are intent on proving to clients that they are back on track and as a result, managers eagerly summon employees who travel at great risk to physical locations,” he said. Mr. Mane further said while a response from the Union ministry on extension of the WFH model is awaited, the forum has planned to approach the Pune district administration in this regard. … [Read more...] about Extend work-from-home facility for young mothers: IT forum to Centre
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Relaxing the rules relies on good testing and tracing, with public trust vital for compliance. But the testing figures are still a fraud: the government claims there is the capacity to perform 161,000 tests a day and that “84% of the tests from the drive-through centres are returned within 24 hours, 95% of all tests are returned within 48 hours”; but Radio 4’s More or Less has revealed that in reality barely half the number announced are actual people tested, once duplicate tests and non-tests are deducted. Without honesty and precision, nothing will be trusted. … [Read more...] about For test and trace to work, the public needs to trust this government. But how can we?
New Delhi | Bengaluru | Pune: India’s information technology sector is seeking revisions in the country’s taxation and labour laws as over half the workforce in the $191 billion industry could begin to deliver services remotely as part of the changes being wrought by the ongoing pandemic. At a meeting with government officials earlier this month, IT industry leaders, who estimated that close to 50% of the country’s 4.3 million IT workers will soon work from home, were asked to detail the legislative changes required to facilitate this significant transition. Industry body Nasscom has been tasked with preparing a detailed report, after which “it will (go) to relevant ministries such as department of telecom and the labour ministry for action,” a top government official told ET. The industry has also requested the government to make permanent several recent concessions extended until July, including relaxation of telecom regulations that allow back-office … [Read more...] about Work from home: Changes in laws and rules that IT industry wants from the government
Dr Julian Tang, an expert in respiratory conditions, from the University of Leicester, told BBC News that droplets produced by talking don't travel as far as they do from a sneeze or a cough - which can travel up to 22ft - but researchers say it is still dangerous enough to pass on the virus. … [Read more...] about TfL begs company bosses to tell staff to continue working from home to ‘control coronavirus’ as more office workers trickle back into London on commuter trains every day
The premier said there was no question of people being given permission to stay overnight, or spend time in other homes. However, he added: 'We want people to be able to see their friends and family. We want people to be able to see both parents at once. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson sparks confusion as No10 admits coronavirus threat level has NOT been reduced – as WHO expert warns UK needs to remain on ‘constant defence’ because disease has ‘not gone away’