Madhu.T.KThe labour department would have closed the case because he was an officer having supervisory powers. But he cannot be denied the natural justice. The termination of employment for absence without intimation could be justified but since he had informed the leave, the termination could be illegal. But 45 days of leave for Covid 19 is practically impossible. Therefore, the act of the employer terminating him can be partially justified. But what about unpaid salary for 18 months? Will he get it? If not he can file a case against the employer in any civil court. naturally, it will take years to find a settlement. Therefore, the only possible way is to have a settlement with the employer.
In a similar case, I had advised an employee to file a complaint in the local Police (!) and YES, it worked! If the Police Officer is good person he can find solution for any issue, including issues connected with HR! He called the HR Manager of the establishment and told him to pay arrears of salary Plus compensation for termination. In this case, I believe, if your friend is not getting salary for the last 18 months, others might also be unpaid and still the establishment is running. That means there is clear violation of law, cheating and this will come under the jurisdiction of the Police. labour department will take care of workers only but the Police will protect Managers as well!
Try that way.
From India, Kannur