HR Convention on Industrial Relations


20th Jan, 2018 TISS Convention Center, Deonar, Mumbai, INDIA

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Conference Theme

The GDP growth rate is back to 6% + in the last 3 financial years ie. 2014-2017. During this period, we also witnessed major policy changes viz. Demonetization, Implementation of GST.  India is the second most populous nation with a work force of over 500 million people.  To drive economic growth, it is important to have contemporary Labour Laws and practices aligned to global markets.

As per the Constitution of India, Labour matters fall in the Concurrent list, thereby given power to both the Central and State Government to legislate on Labour matter, with the residual law-making powers vested with the Central Government. This is resulted in multiple Laws pertaining to Wages, Employment, Industrial Relations, Benefits, etc.

Over the last 3 years, the Central Government has been pursuing a reform agenda with an overall aim to simplify Labour regulations.  The Ministry of Labour and Employment(MoLE), Government of India has recently conveyed that the aim is to first concentrate on reforms which are focused on employee welfare and benefits.Some recent amendments include changes to Maternity Benefits Act, Payment of Bonus Act, Child Labour Amendment Act, etc

Over a period of time, the (MoLE), Government of India is in the process of amalgamating the relevant provisions of the existing 44 central labour laws into 4 codes to rationalize, consolidate and simplify the laws and launch the much awaited labour reforms. The proposed legislation is expected to benefit over 4 crore employees across the country; over 90% of which are in unorganized sector with job, wage and social security and boost the labour market flexibility.

The four codes include 

  • Code on Wages
  • Code on Industrial Relations
  • Code on Social Security and
  • Code on Safety, Health & Working Conditions.

Besides codification, the (MoLE) aims to undertake number of initiatives for bringing transparency and accountability in enforcement of Labour Laws, which includes Nationalize the Labour Laws as well as activation of  Universal Account Number(UAN).

In this background, BMA-NHRDN jointly presents the Convention on Industrial Relations : 4 Codes – A Roadmap for Labour Market Reforms” with TISS as our Knowledge Partner.The daylong conference is aimed at delivering value to industry leaders across the Corporates, MSMEs, Startups, Academicians, Self-employed, Management Professionals and Management Students and Entrepreneurs.

With a galaxy of panelists and speakers comprising of stalwarts and experts to deliberate on the implications of four codes, on our businesses, industry and economy as a whole.  We have a day packed with engaging discussions, deep insights and invaluable lessons.

Convention on Industrial Relations : 4 Codes – A Roadmap for Labour Market Reforms” aims to cover:

  • Potential reforms on labour markets e.g. 4 Codes in India and it’s Impact
  • Emergent industrial relations scenario and perspective from diverse stakeholders such as government, employers, regulators, trade unions, academicians etc.
  • Case studies and best practices from industrial relations
  • Management of workforce with focus on both formal and informal sector
  • Trends in social security benefits and statutory compliance

Notable Speakers

Prof S. Parasuraman - TISS

Dr. S. Parasuraman

Director at Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Rajeev Dubey - Mahindra & Mahindra

Rajeev Dubey

President (HR, After-Market & Corporate Services) and Member of the Group Executive Board at Mahindra & Mahindra

Dr. Tanaya Mishra

Managing Director Human Resources at Accenture



Salil Lal

Head of Plant HR , Manesar Vehicle Plant, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

Dr. Anjali Bedekar

Indian Coordinator, UNI Global Union

Yogi Sriram - Senior Vice President – Corporate HR & Member of the Executive Committee, Larsen and Toubro Limited

Yogi Sriram

Senior Vice President – Corporate HR & Member of the Executive Committee, Larsen & Toubro Limited

KA Narayan Raymond

K Narayan

President-Human Resources at Raymond Ltd

Suresh V

Sr. GM Corporate Head, ER. Tata Motors Ltd

Mr Bharat Goyal

Advocate, Vice President, Industrial Relations Institute of India

Emrana Sheikh

Vice President & Head – HR at Asian Paints

Dr. R Krishna Murthy

Director at IR Institute of India.

M D Agrawal

President – Bombay Management Association.

Narendran Nair

CHRO at voltas

Prof. Vijayan Pankajakshan

Dean- Human Resources at WE School.

M Lakshmanan

President – NHRDN, Mumbai Chapter.

Prof. N S Iyer


Prof. Bino Paul

Dean-School of Management and Labour Studies at TISS.

Dada Samant

Union Leader.

Suhas Lohokare

Vice President, Bombay Management Association


Event Schedule

Conference Program Outline

8.30 am – 9.15 am: Registrations

09.15 am - 09.55 am: Inaugural Session


  1. Welcome Address – M. D. Agrawal
  2. Introducing the theme of the HR Convention on IR – M. Lakshmanan, President, NHRDN
  3. Address by Chief Guest – Secretary Labour Ministry*
  4. Address by Director TISS – Dr. S Parasuraman


M. D. Agrawal, President, BMA

09.55 am - 11.00 am: Plenary Session 1


  1. Inaugural Address covering the theme and India in ILO – Rajeev Dubey*
  2. Industry Perspective – Gajendra Chandel*, CHRO TATA Motors
  3. Legislative Trends – Bharat Goyal*, Advocate
  4. Vote of Thanks – Suhas Lohokare, VP, BMA


Mr Rajeev Dubey*
President (HR, after Marketing & Corporate Service) M&M

11. 00 am – 11.30 am: Tea & Networking Break

11.30 am - 01.00 pm: Technical Session I


4 Codes of Labour Reforms with Emphasis on Payment of Wages, Maternity Benefit, Industrial Employment and Child Labour


Mr Ramesh Shankar*
EVP & Head – HR Siemens, India
Prof Binoo Paul
Dean, Centre for HRM & LR, TISS
Prof Vijayan Pankajakshan
Dean – HR, WE School


Krishna Murthy

01. 00 pm – 02.00 pm: Lunch & Networking Break

02.00 pm - 03.30 pm: Technical Session II


Experiential Learning in IR


Sharad Gangal
EVP & Head – HR , Thermax
Salil Lal*
Maruti Suzuki Ltd
Dada Samant
Union Leader


Mr Yogi Sriram
Senior Vice President (Corporate – Human Resources ) & Member of Ecom, L&T

03. 30 pm – 04.00 pm: Tea & Networking Break

05.15 pm - 05.45 pm: Valedictory Session


Activism for Child Rights in Unorganized Sectors


Mr. Kailash Satyarthi*
Nobel Laureate and Children Rights Activist


Prof. S. Parasuraman
Director, TISS

05.45 pm – 06.00 pm: Summing up & Vote of Thanks by Ms Chhaya Sehgal, Hon Secretary, BMA


Technical Committee

Dr. S Parasuraman
Director, TISS

Dr. Zubin R Mulla
Chairman, Center for HRM & LR, TISS

Ms. Chhaya Sehgal
Honorary Secretary, BMA

Mr. M. D. Agrawal
President, BMA

Mr. Suhas Lohokare
Vice President, BMA

Mr. Nishant Dangle
EC Member, BMA

Mr. M Lakshmanan
President, NHRDN, Mumbai

Mr Prashant Khullar
Vice President , NHRDN

Prof. Vijayan Pankajakshan
General Secretary, NHRDN

Prof. Binoo Paul
Dean, Center for HRM & LR, TISS

Prof. Iyer

Dr. R Krishna Murthy
Director, IRI, India

Conference Venue

TISS Convention Center, V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Chembur, Mumbai – 400088 Telephone: 91-22-2552 5000 Nearest Airport: 15 kms / 40 minutes Nearest Railway Station: 3 kms / 15 minutes