Among the many challenges brought on the world by the recent pandemic, one of the most pressing issues to date remains the drastic changes introduced to the way we define ‘being employed’. By having to stay away from conventional workspaces the last year created a ‘new normal’ that made it blatantly clear that it is not vital for most of us to be physically present at our work places to get the job done. The pandemic also brought with it a negative impact on the global economy, with some industries completely shutting down due to the severe travel restrictions imposed and others due to financial crisis. Both employees and employers faced a type of situation unforeseen by the law, more a matter of negotiation and compromise on both parties to see how best things could be taken forward.
The inaugural episode of the webseries The Law Review 2021, hosted on 19 January 2021 by The American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka looked into the emerging issues of Labour Law in the country. The webseries was panelled by past President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka for the years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam, currently a leading practitioner in Public Law, Constitutional Law, Insurance Law, Commercial Law, and Employment Law in the original courts as well as superior courts of Sri Lanka, President’s Counsel, Uditha Egalahewa, and Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and currently the Director of Labour Law Studies for Master of Laws Programme, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Attorney-at-Law, A. Sarveswaran.
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