A consultant to an organization is an independent person who offers his/her expert services based on a contract for service whereas an employee is the paid servant of the organization who works there under a contract of service.
The relationship between the consultant and the organization is that of a contractor and contractee only and the same is governed strictly by the terms of the contract between them. In the case of an employee and the organization in which he works is that of a substantial relationship of employer and employee and the same is governed by the terms of employment as well as the relevant statutory provisions of Labor Laws applicable to employment status of the concerned employee and the organization as the case may be.
Therefore, a consultant offering his service on the basis of a contract for service is not entitled to the benefits of any Labor Laws applicable to the organization which hires his services.
3rd January 2019 From India, Salem
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Forwarding in attached word file Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 for your benefit, which is self explanatory and answered with relevant queries.
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