Aren’t you glad you aren’t trying to manage a business in India? An executive engineer, who was last in work in December 1990, a 25 year absence, has finally been dismissed in 2015!!
The Engineer worked for the Indian government which had found him guilty of “wilful absence from duty” in 1992, but only now, after a 25 year absence, has the employee finally been dismissed. Even then it took the involvement of a cabinet minister to finally achieve the dismissal. According to a government statement the employee “went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned and defied directions to report to work”.
According to the World Bank, India’s labour laws make it difficult to dismiss staff for any reason other than that of criminal misconduct. I’d say they’re right if a 25 year absence is anything to go by!
Some states have recently made changes to the law that will make it easier for employers to recruit and dismiss staff going forward.