Haryana’s state law on employment of local candidates declared ‘unconstitutional’ – a win for private employers! 

December, 2023 - Stephen Mathias, Anirudh Mukherjee, Pankaj Anil Arora

The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 (“Act”) was enacted to encourage private employers in Haryana to boost local employment. The Act was called upon for application from January 15, 2022, for a period of 10 years. The constitutionality of the Act was challenged in multiple writ petitions before the Punjab & Haryana High Court (“Court”). The Court stayed the implementation of the Act on February 3, 2022. The Court on November 17, 2023, has declared the law as unconstitutional and ineffective from the date it came into force (i.e., January 15, 2022). 


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