Every company of significant size is subject to laws regarding Employment, Compensation & Benefits, Social Security, Labour Welfare, Environment, Health & Safety, and Working Conditions.
The legal environment becomes more complex as business conditions continue to change and the courts further interpret and apply the law. A company’s management may not be fully aware of the current rules governing their areas of responsibility. Prudent companies get help in identifying risks and avoiding the consequences of non-compliance.
– B C Prabhakar
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WHAT WE DO: BCP Associates is a neutral, objective and independent Legal audit firm specializing in audit techniques aimed at helping companies achieve 100% compliance levels. Started in 1961 by B R Puttnanjappa and carried forward by B C Prabhakar, BCP Associates is the off-shoot of the parent law firm and draws upon its strong legal foundation and expertise. B C Prabhakar the founder and chairman of BCP Associates is also the President of Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA), the oldest employers association in the state of Karnataka. Through KEA, he has initiated, canvassed and effected multiple reforms at the State and National levels in the areas of Labour and Industrial Laws. As a stalwart of the industry, he has penned multiple national policies related to social security norms and legislations and has been recognised for his contributions to the industry through the Indira Gandhi Priyadrashini award and multiple others.
To guide Corporates in proactively becoming 100% legally compliant establishments with a high focus on Law and Ethics
Legal Audit - Leadership
B. C. Prabhakar
Mr. B.C. Prabhakar is an eminent and senior Advocate specialized in Labour laws. He has been actively practicing before Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals and the High Court of Karnataka for 50 years. He renders Legal Advice in the areas of Labour Laws, Employee Resource Management, Compensation & Benefits, ESOP’s Employment Contracts, Gender Sensitivity Issues, etc. He has expertise in dealing with Trade Unions, Wage Negotiations, handling Industrial Relations scenarios, etc. He is a Senior Management consultant in the areas of Legal Compliance under various Labour & Employment Legislations, Industrial Relations, Dispute Resolutions & Collective Bargaining.
Mr. Prabhakar is the President of Karnataka Employers’ Association, the first and leading Employers’ Association in the State of Karnataka. He has helped KEA earn high repute in Karnataka by representing the interest of Employers and has been a prime mover in providing proactive suggestions to the Central/State Governments in formulating Labour Policies and amendments to the Labour Legislations. He has effectively represented KEA before National and International Fora including ILO (International Labour Organization) both in India and abroad. He has the distinction of attending the Indian Labour Conference (ILC) for the past 12 years as advisor. He is the Employer Member of Minimum Wages Central Advisory Board and Board member of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).
Mr. Prabhakar is the Legal Advisor for over 150 reputed corporates including MNCs, Manufacturing companies and IT/ITES/BPO companies. He was on the Board of Directors of large companies like Wipro Ltd., 3M India Ltd. And continues to serve on the boards of Automotive Axels Ltd. and Page Industries (Jockey India) as Independent Director. He is a Professional Member of National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), National HRD Network, Bangalore Advocates Association, BCIC and FKCCI.
Mr. Prabhakar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Law from Mysore University.
Managing Partner & CEO
Pooja Prabhakar heads the operations at BCP Associates. Previously, she was based in the United States and held leadership positions at Fortune 100 companies. While at these positions, she developed the vision & strategy for nation-wide launches of new health insurance products, designed and delivered E2E strategic & operational solutions for bringing new products to market; She was a member of the core team that implemented the first Sarbanes-Oxley audit and compliance for the company and in another role, helped lay out the strategic framework for the enterprise e-Discovery initiative. She was also part of the Emerging Leadership program at CIGNA Healthcare.
Pooja holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Science & Technology from Bangalore University, India. She is also trained in Six Sigma, Project Management, Quality Assurance & Hoshin Kanri processes and is a ‘Certified Corporate Director’, World Council for Corporate Governance, UK (Institute of Directors).
Managing Partner & CEO
Deepak Daglur heads Technology and Finance at BCP Associates. Having worked in the US for more than 17 years in various technology leadership roles in Fortune 100 and Big4 firms, he has extensive experience with Enterprise Architecture, Technology & Strategy Consulting and IT sourcing. He has been part of several large-scale technology transformation initiatives in various IT and management capacities. He has led large architecture teams supporting multiple business units and always focused on technology and innovation. He has played key leadership roles in developing Technology Roadmaps and IT Sourcing Strategies enabling IT Transformations.
Deepak holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University, India and an Executive Education diploma in General Management (Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) from MIT.
Head – Legal Audit
Aditya Kamath heads operations and recruitment at BCP Associates. Previously, a partner at Haranahalli Law Partners, LLP, and the Head of operations at The Legal Dog LLC, Aditya specialises in Corporate law and Legal Process Outsourcing.
Aditya began his career as a research scholar for The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. He thereafter started his own LPO which was acquired by an American Company, where he continued to consult as its chief consultant. He teaches Corporate Law for the Master’s in business Law program at the National Law School of India University. He has been a resource person for several training programs for IAS officers, CBI officers, State and Central Govt. Employees, Lawyers, teachers, and Students.
Aditya graduated in Law from Mangalore University and did his Master’s in International law and Business and Trade Law from Mysore University. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D. at the National Law School of India University.
B. Chandrashekar Shetty
Advocate & Senior Legal Auditor
Mr. Chandrashekar Shetty is a Senior Labour Law Compliance Auditor at BCP Associates and has audited multiple client companies across India. Previously he has worked as Deputy Controller, Manager-Industrial Relations and Industrial Relations Officer in KPTCL, Bangalore for more than 30 years. Prior to this, he has dealt with Legal, Personnel and IR matters including Wage Settlements, Grievance Machinery, Manpower Study and Social Security Compliances for about 10 years. He is a Faculty member of Labour Law, HRD Centre, KPTCL Bangalore.
Mr. Shetty holds a B.Com. and L.L.B. degree, Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Public Relations from Bangalore University and PG Diploma in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan. He is enrolled as Advocate in Karnataka Bar Council and is a Govt. Arbitrator of Chit Funds in Karnataka.
S. Venugopal RaoAdvocate & Senior Legal Auditor
S Venugopal Rao is experienced in labour law and service matters and is a Senior Legal Auditor at BCP Associates. Having joined the chambers of Mr. B C Prabhakar on March 08, 2012 he is knowledgeable and well versed in multiple employment and law issues with a special focus on handling issues related to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & redressal), Act 2013.
S Venugopal Rao holds Bachelor’s degree in Science from Karnataka University, Dharwar and Bachelor of Law from Bangalore University. He enrolled as advocate in Karantaka State Bar Council in 1976. He joined the chamber of Sri. Kolachalam Srinivasa Rao a leading advocate on the civil side. After practising for six and half years at Ballari on the civil side, he joined Orient Paper Mills (Pro. Orient Paper & Industries Ltd.) Brajarajnagar in Orissa (of G P Birla Group). He was Manager (Law) and was designated as Manager under the Factories Act in 1995 in the said paper mills. He worked in Orient Paper Mills from May 1982 to December 1999. He joined Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Rajahmundry (Rajahmahendravaram) as Manager Legal and was elevated as Dy. General Manager (Legal).
As legal head he has handled important cases both in Labour and Civil and has experience in drafting and vetting Contracts, Agreements, Lease Agreement, Conveyance Deeds, , Affidavits and scrutiny of several legal and other documents, Preparing and settling Petitions, Appeals, Plaints, Written Statements, Rejoinders, Affidavits and Written Arguments etc. for submission/pleadings for various legal proceedings.
As Factory Manager in Orient Paper Mills and Legal head in Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills has monitored compliance of provisions of Factories Act and Rules there under with reference to safety, health and welfare. Compliance of various provisions under Pollutions and Environmental laws. He ensured compliance of various statutory provisions particularly Environmental Laws, Factories Act (Safety, Health and Welfare), Explosives Act, etc. as well as Sound knowledge in Environment Management System ISO 14001: 2004, Occupations, Health and Safety Series 18000:1999. A qualified auditor under OSHAS 18000 and has conducting audit of occupational safety and health assessment. As Legal head in APPM he has briefed and appeared along with Senior Advocate before Appellate Authority constituted under Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act. He has participated in the seminar on Hazardous Waste Management and Handling conducted by FICCI and has represented the Paper industry in the committee constituted by AP Government for revision of Factory License Fee. He retired from the services of Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills in 2011.
Harish T R
Head – POSH & Employee Relations
Harish possess over 23+ years of experience across various functions in Human Resources in four industries (Hospitality, IT & ITES Supply Chain Management & Operations and HR services).
Harish comes with a strong background in high growth & start up environment and has been extensively involved in building leadership teams, talent management, staffing & retention, cross cultural management, business transformation and setting up sustainable processes. Harish has a strong ability to deal with ambiguity & derive results out of ideas. His core area of interest is around Employee Relations and Labour related aspects and he has been credited in establishing organization wide practices to nurture healthy employee relations in leading MNC’s.
Harish is currently serving as an External Member on the Internal Committee of various organizations. Harish brings in experience in assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective complaint mechanisms to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace.
POSH Specialist & Advocate
Caroline Lobo earned her Law degree from University Law College, Bangalore from where she graduated in the year 2005. She has experience in both litigation and Corporate Law. Currently, at BCP Associates, she has been involved in handling matters and investigations related to the POSH Act including conducting inquiries and trainings/awareness programmes for Senior Management, employees as well as members of the Internal Complaints Committee on the recently enacted legislation (The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“Act”) to address Workplace Harassment of Women. In addition, she is also a member of the Internal Complaints Committee for some of the companies and organisations. She has had the opportunity to review and scrutinize numerous hearings and inquiries on matters relating to sexual harassment at workplace. She is also a Member of the Gender Sensitivity Sub-committee of Karnataka Employer Association (KEA).
She has always had a keen interest in Women and Child related issues. She has worked with Child Welfare Committee (Legal Aide) and NGO’s namely Peace Child International and Arivu India. In addition, she has worked with Swasthi Health Resource and Centre, where she was the External member to the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC). She worked closely with the committee in strategizing, planning, reviewing and implementing the assigned tasks which included building material to raise awareness against sexual harassment at work place. Further, she has been involved in conducting inquiries into matters related to sexual harassment at workplace.
She started her career in litigation and then moved onto the Corporate sector. In the span of 13 years she has worked at Chambers of Advocate Jayashree Murali, Krishnamurthy and Co. Legal Consultants, Colt Technology Services and Oracle India Pvt. Ltd. She has a wide range of experience in corporate, commercial and contract law, mergers and acquisition.
Rashmitha V Das
POSH Specialist & Advocate
Rashmitha Venkatachalam Das holds an LL.M in Labour and Employment Laws from University Law College, Bangalore, which she completed in the year 2018 with Two Gold Medals. She is also a Rank Holder at the University. She has completed BA, LL.B from Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, Bangalore University in the year 2009. Rashmitha is a member of the Karnataka Bar Council since 2009.
Rashmitha is actively involved in providing Training on Sexual Harassment (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 across all verticals for Managers and Senior Management, General Awareness for all employees and Internal Committee members. She has formulated Policies for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (“POSH”), advised Companies on setting up of their Committee. Rashmitha is also the external member of the Internal Committee of several Companies across various sectors. She is also a member of the Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee of Karnataka Employer Association (KEA). Rashmitha is involved in providing Legal Advisory services on POSH for various clients spread across diverse sectors. She has also been handling domestic enquiries and has led the Internal Committee in handling inquiries on POSH and has hands on experience in drafting reports.
Rashmitha possesses experience both at Law Firms and Corporates in various capacities. She started her career at Krishnamurthy and Co, Legal Consultants and then moved on to work as an In- House Legal Counsel with Companies such as Biocon Limited, Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited, Adecco India Private Limited. With a long stint in the Corporate side, Rashmitha decided to pursue further education in Law with a specialization in Labour and Employment Laws. She has rich experience in drafting, vetting and negotiation of various types of contracts, providing legal opinions, driven the team in formulating process and procedures and their implementation. She has drafted several employment related policies in Corporates. Rashmitha has been a part of various key committees in Organizations and assisted committees in scrutiny of documents pertaining to human organ transplant as well as clinical trials.
POSH Specialist & Advocate
Srijata Ghosh is an Advocate with 10+ years of experience in Corporates, Law Firms and LPOs. She completed her B.A.LL.B from M. S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore University in 2009. Srijata is a member of the Karnataka Bar Council since 2010. She is also a member of the Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee of Karnataka Employer Association (KEA).
In BCP Associates, Srijata serves as external member on the Internal Committee of several Companies across various sectors. She handles all kinds of POSH related matters including investigations and inquiries. She provides Training on Sexual Harassment across all verticals for Managers and Senior Management, General Awareness for all employees and Internal Committee members on the legislation (The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act, 2013). She also formulates Policies for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace (“POSH”) and advises Companies on setting up of their Internal Committees.
In her previous experience, she has extensively dealt with End-to-End Contract Management, Due Diligence, POSH Compliances, Legal Advisory, etc. Srijata worked with Companies like Accenture India Private Limited, Quess Corp., Capgemini Business Services (India) Limited and Pramata Knowledge Solutions Private Limited. Srijata has handled varied legal issues including drafting, vetting and negotiation of contracts, drafting policies of various organizations. She has resolved issues relating to employment laws and has worked closely with the HR teams. She has provided legal advisory services to senior management. She was also associated with Kolkata High Court in counselling clients with legal matters such as Property, Due Diligence etc. Srijata has worked in an LPO Service Firm, Manthan Legal Services Private Limited for Legal Research, depositions, medical summaries, demand drafting etc.
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