A single mother on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court, seeking that the civic authorities issue a birth certificate to her child without the father’s name, PTI reported. The 31-year-old Nalasopara resident, who had had a daughter using a sperm donor, said she should not be forced to disclose the father’s name.
The bench of justices Abhay Oka and Pradeep Deshmukh asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to file a reply to the woman’s plea within two weeks. In December 2017, the court had issued a notice to the BMC, but the corporation is yet to respond to it.
The petitioner had her daughter in August 2016 using in vitro fertilisation. She had initially requested the BMC’s birth registration department to allow her to not mention the father’s name. However, when the civic authorities refused to grant her permission, she approached the High Court.
The petitioner has cited a 2015 landmark judgement of the Supreme Court that said single mothers must not be compelled to disclose the name of their child’s biological father in the birth certificates. “The judgment is binding on the respondents [BMC],” her petition stated, according to The Times of India. “However, the respondents have failed, avoided and neglected to comply with the said Supreme Court direction.”
The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai
And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.
A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.
According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.
But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?
Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.
The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.
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