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
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 over 42 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 negotioations, handling Indutrial 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 (Internations 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 comapnies and IT/ITES/BPO companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Wipro Ltd., Automotive Axels Ltd. and 3M India Ltd. as Independent Director. He is a Professional Member of National Insititute 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.
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).
Deepak DaglurDirector – Technology & Finance
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 Audits
Aditya Kamath is an Advocate and heads the legal audit practice at BCP Associates. His SME is in labour law compliance, POSH and contract law. His role with BCPA involves supervising and managing the PE and Vendor audit programs and constantly evolving the practice through knowledge and process input and reform as and when required.
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.
Harish T RHead – POSH & Client Acquisition
Harish heads the client acquisition and POSH practice at BCP Associates. He brings in experience in assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective mechanisms to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace. Harish is responsible in defining strategic direction for the POSH landscape. He acts as an interface between the client and the internal teams to develop and implement best practices. He partners with our clients to build new programs and ensure effective implementation of existing processes. He is also a member of the Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee of Karnataka Employer Association (KEA).
Harish possess over 25 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, cross cultural management, employee relations and setting up sustainable processes. He has worked with Dell, GE, Thomson Reuters and Adecco in the past.
Head – POSH Operations
Madhuri Yeditha heads POSH – Operations at BCP Associates. Madhuri has been associated with BCP Associates for over 4 years and has been actively delivering customised training on Sexual Harassment for Internal Committees, Leadership teams, Managers and General Awareness sessions to employees in various organisations across industrial sectors. She is currently serving as External Member on the Internal Committee of various leading organisations. She is also a member of the Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee of Karnataka Employer Association (KEA).
Madhuri has a career spanning over 16 years in varied corporate roles. In her previous assignments, Madhuri has held significant positions in Operations, Leadership & Management Development and Special Projects in captive BPO, IT Product Development and Financial Services industries. She is proficient in handling vendor labour law compliance interventions besides possessing a strong ability to establish business processes.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of East London, United Kingdom. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from NALSAR, Hyderabad. She is presently pursuing Doctoral Program in Management (specializing in Human Resources) from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Her interests include photography, blogging and travelling.
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.
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.
Senior POSH Consultant
Rashika earned her degree in Law from the prestigious National Law School of India in Bangalore ( NLSIU) from where she graduated in 1994 with a Gold Medal. In her career spanning 23 years she has held senior management positions in large multinational corporations such as IBM ; Cisco , Accenture and Goldman Sachs. She has primarily focused on issues in the corporate, commercial and contract law arena; mergers and acquisition and employment law with a special focus on Women Related issues.
She is the Chairperson of the Gender Sensitivity Committee of the Karnataka Employer’s Association. She been actively involved in conducting training and awareness programs for employees and senior management across organizations on the legislation on The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace to address Harassment of Women at Workplace. She is the External expert on the Internal Complaints Committee for a number of leading MNCs and has been proactively involved in advicing the management on the issues related to Harassment of Women at Workplace as well as the best practices to be adopted to redress concerns in the area. She has spearheaded a number of inquiries into complaints regarding sexual harassment filed by affected women employees and ensured closure per the requirement of law.
Senior POSH Consultant & Advocate
Ambily Martin is a Legal Consultant and practicing Advocate since 1994. She has over 10 years of international exposure in Legal, Admin & HR fields. She is associated with BCP Associates since 1995. She is a member of Bar Council of Karnataka since 1994, and a Fellow of International Association of HR Professionals from 2009.
Ambily has been serving as External Member on the Internal Committee of various organizations and has been assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective complaint mechanism to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace. She is experienced in conducting inquiries and training programs on Sexual Harassment for senior management, employees and workers in various organisations. She is also an active member of Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee with Karnataka Employers Association (KEA).
Ambily holds a Bachelor’s degree in LAW from Mangalore University together with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Further she earned a Professional Diploma in Business Management from Academics College of London and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Dubai, UAE. She has also independently appeared as Counsel in High Court of Karnataka, Civil Courts and Labour Courts in Bangalore. In her previous assignments, she worked with leading organizations in Kuwait and Dubai in various capacities.
Senior POSH Consultant
Aparna is a Human Resources professional with 12+ years of experience working in leading organisations. She has rich multi-Industry, multi-company experience in setting up HR practices, management trainee/ new hire orientation programs, soft skill training and implementing Labour Law compliance.
She has been associated with BCP Associates for more than 5 years and was one of the first to start training on the new POSH Act.
She has conducted many complicated Inquiries and 100’s of training programs on Sexual Harassment for senior management, employees and ICC committee in various organisations. She Has been serving as External Member on the Internal Committee of various organizations, she is well experienced in assisting organizations in implementing credible and effective complaint mechanism to deal with issues of Sexual Harassment at workplace.
An active member of Karnataka Employers Association (KEA) she is part of their Gender Sensitivity Sub Committee.
She is also a first generation Entrepreneur offering strategic HR services to SME’s and a unique Mentoring program for Youngsters.
Aparna holds a MBA from Southern New Hampshire College, USA and a PG Diploma in International Business.
She is a dynamic and proactive professional with high integrity who believes in adding tangible value in all her assignments.
Advocate & POSH Consultant
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 DasAdvocate & POSH Consultant
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
Gowri ChandrasekharSenior POSH Consultant
A strong people oriented person, with over 20 years of work experience in the field of Human Resources, Gowri has worked across organisations ranging from the manufacturing sector, consulting firms to educational institutions in India as well as in the US.
As a Gender Sensitivity Specialist at BCP Associates, she brings her rich and varied experience to this role from her current position as a HR Consultant/Counsellor/Gallup Certified Strengths Coach as well as a long time committed volunteer at two NGOs namely – Bangalore Hospice Trust (Karunashraya) and Indian Cancer Society.
She has been responsible for setting up effective complaint mechanisms and training core management members in dealing with issues of Sexual Harassment at the workplace at multiple organisations as well as, investigating and documenting sexual harassment cases.
Gowri holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from St. Agnes College, Mangalore.