Legal awareness for hotel owners held

Hotel Owners’ Association and District Legal Service Authority had organised a day-long awareness programme on legal services for hotel owners in the city on Tuesday.

The objective of the programme was to make the hotel owners aware of the laws concerning their business and employees with special thrust on employee-employer relationship during the course of work.

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Regional Commissioner, Mysuru Division, Dr M R Ravi underlined the importance of knowing and understanding laws as a fundamental duty of every citizen. “There is a lack of awareness and understanding of laws among people which is what victimising them and making them fall prey to illegal diktats by the authorities. It is better to be updated with the laws, acts and amendments and ignorance cannot be an excuse,” he said.

He further said that people had a misconception that law-related things were only meant for lawyers and judges. But, he said, they failed to realise that laws were framed considering their opinion and in their interest. “If one has to share his or her opinion about a law, they need to be well-versed about it,” he said, adding, “laws need to be held in high regard as a society can only be considered as civilised if the laws are upheld.”

Responding to a few queries by the association on if the employer was responsible for the natural death of an employee beyond the course of employment, Member Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, Mysuru, Dinesh Hegde said that an employee unless dies in the work premises does not become the employer’s responsibly. “But, if an employee, working as a waiter, for instance, was sent out for some work and he met with an accident or something happens to him, then the employer would be responsible,” he said.

Asked if trade license could be cancelled and shops could be seized without prior notice by the authorities, Hegde said that the law does not permit authorities to carry out such acts and assured to take action if such cases was brought to the notice of Legal Service Authority.

Noted lawyer Marappa spoke about various topics related to law and also touched upon rights and responsibilities.

President, Bar Association, Mysuru, B R Chandramouli, President, Karnataka Hotel Owners’ Association, Rajendra, President, Hotel Owners’ Association, Mysuru, C Narayanagowda, Secretary A R Ravindra Bhat and President, Hotel Owners’ Association Charitable Trust, Mysuru, Ravishastri and Secretary Subramanya Tantri were present.

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