Since your establishment / organisation is covered under PF and ESI, all your branches and departments all over India irrespective of number of employees engaged in such branches and departments, will automatically be covered under PF and ESI.
10th January 2013 From India, Mumbai
As HR consultant I agree with a view expressed by Mr Keshav Korgaonkar provided R&D center is situated in notified area and have nexus with the business of organization. If it is situated outside the notified area it will not be covered under ESI, but it will be covered under PF. Hope this will help member.
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10th January 2013 From India, Pune