Labour and Employment Matters

Labour and employment legal issues are very common in the business sector of Bangladesh. Whether it is small enterprise or giant MNC dealing with employment law is a regular affair for them. Legal assistant is often required for drafting appointment letter, service contract, termination letter, commencing disciplinary proceeding and so on. On the other hand, established companies often requires legal help for preparing entire HR policy in complains with labour and employment laws of Bangladesh. Needless to mention that, strong legal support is frequently required for defending cases filed in labour tribunals. In order to help the business community our ADR and tribunal team comprising experienced lawyers has been dealing with the above matters efficiently.

Rahman’s Chambers assisted a leading Japanese company over a number of labour issues. 

“Their response times are excellent and they make you feel generally very well informed..”

–Chambers & Partners, 2018

The ‘very responsible, responsive and knowledgeable’ Mohammed Forrukh Rahman heads the firm.

–Legal 500, 2018

Rahman’s Chambers is one of the leading law firms of Bangladesh when it comes to matters relating to Labour. The firm hold significant expertise and provides all sorts of support in dealing with issues surrounding this area.

One of our respected client was kind enough to comment about our work as follows:

“We request Rahman’s Chambers to solve legally the problems of the Japanese companies in Bangladesh in respect of Litigation, Legal Notices, Framing Company Rules, Salary Structure for the National Staff, Contracts/Agreements, Termination of National staffs. The services provided by the Rahman’s Chambers are excellent in terms of the timely work, high quality of work and reasonable fees. All members of the Chamber are capable and dedicated.”

The key projects completed so far:

  • Restructuring of HR Policy of Itochu Corporation, Representative Office, Dhaka
  • Restructuring of HR benefits of International Potato Center.
  • Restructuring of HR Policy of Uttara Foods & Feeds Pvt. Ltd. (Venky’s)
  • Successfully handled a number of labour court cases for a leading garments company Roshowa Textiles Industries Ltd, How Are You Textiles Industries Ltd.
  • Successfully completed conciliation with worker of a multinational company in Bangladesh.

Over the last few years the firm have advised several local & foreign clients, including multinational companies and industries, who employ thousands of workers, on their existing HR policy with a view to ensure compliance with the applicable labour law & practice.

Our services includes as follows:

  • Reviewing & drafting entire HR policy.
  • Reviewing & drafting HR policy on a part wise basis.
  • Drafting & preparing Appointment Letters, Termination Letters, Show Cause Letters, Notice for Promotion, etc., in compliance with labour law.
  • Calculation of wages of the workers.
  • Market Research and recommend market practice.

We draft template contracts with regard to both labour and non labour employees. Such contracts are tailor made for each particular organization. Such tailor made contracts plays a major role towards avoidance of possible labour disputes.

The chambers have advised a major Japanese Textile Manufacturer with termination of senior management and also participated in the conciliation meeting successfully. Our expertise in mediation and special training surely contributed towards successful restructuring of the said company, where, at the same time, amicably. Our strong knowledge of labour and employment laws and ability to negotiate is a key factor for reaching quick solutions mutually without putting the client in further difficulties, disputes or litigation.

The firm has been involved in the restructuring of a major public sector power company for nearly three years and also successfully handled litigation involving more than 450 employees. Our practical knowledge and experience in restructuring would surely be useful for the clients under similar situation. The firm has been involved in a major restructuring project of employees of major multinational company having local setup in Bangladesh.

 Our services includes as follows:

  • Ranking & grading of existing employees
  • Restructuring HR policy
  • Restructuring Provident fund, gratuity and bonus
  • Restructuring Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Casual leave etc.

Our Tribunal & ADR team, under the guidance and supervision of our Head of Chambers, regularly appear before the labour tribunal and the labour appellate tribunal.

Our services includes as follows:

  • Handling non-labour issues arising under employment contract and related litigation
  • Handling litigation in the form of challenging Order of Labour Appellate Tribunals in the Hon’ble High Court.
  • Representing clients before Tribunals constituted for resolving labour disputes, at Labour courts, and when necessary before the Labour Appellate Tribunal.
  • Guiding clients on how to deal with demands made irrationally or apparently illegally.
  • Drafting necessary replies, petitions, etc.

Our Related Clients

  • Itochu Corporation, (Dhaka Liaison Office).
  • The Westin, Dhaka
  • Japan Bangladesh Expanding Company Ltd. (JBEC)
  • Maruhisa Pacific Co. Ltd.
  • How Are You Textile Industry Ltd.
  • EXCEL Communications Ltd.
  • Partners in Population and Development (PPD)
  • International Potato Centre
  • Bangladesh Bank
  • Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC)
  • Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB)
  • Rashawa Textiles Ltd
  • GIII Limited, Bangladesh Liasion, Dhaka.

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