Employees can't claim VRS benefit as matter of right: SC
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, July 4: No employee, as a matter of right, can seek the benefits of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and the decision-taking power lies only with the employer firm, the Supreme Court has held.
"A voluntary retirement scheme introduced by a company, does not entitle an employee as a matter of right to the benefits of the scheme," a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said.
The bench, also comprising Anil R Dave and Ranjana P Desai, said it was "well settled" that only the employer can decide VRS pleas of its employees.
"Whether an employee should be allowed to retire in terms of the scheme (VRS) is a decision which can only be taken by the employer company, except in cases where the scheme itself provides for retirement to take effect when the notice period comes to an end," it said.
The observation came in a verdict by which the apex court rejected the plea of C V Francis, a Kerala resident, that his termination from the post of a manager of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) at Bokaro in Jharkhand on account of unauthorized absence in 1999 was illegal as he had already applied for the VRS.
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