73. EMPLOYER NOT TO DISMISS OR PUNISH EMPLOYEE DURING PERIOD OF SICKNESS, ETC. –
(1) No employer shall dismiss, discharge, or reduce or otherwise punish an employee during the period the employee is in receipt of sickness benefit or maternity benefit, nor shall he, except as provided under the regulations, dismiss, discharge or reduce or otherwise punish an employee during the period he is in receipt of disablement benefit for temporary disablement or is under medical treatment for sickness or is absent from work as a result of illness duly certified in accordance with the regulations to arise out of the pregnancy or confinement rendering the employee unfit for work.
(2) No notice of dismissal or discharge or reduction given to an employee during the period specified in sub-section (1) shall be valid or operative.
(i) Section 73 is not applicable to a case where termination of services follows automatically; Moti Singh v. Factory Manager, Cimmco Ltd., (1989) 58 FLR 900 (Raj).
(ii) The employer cannot dismiss, discharge or reduce or otherwise punish the employee during the period an employee is in receipt of sickness benefits or maternity benefits; Management of Guest Keen Williams Ltd. v. Presiding Officers, 2nd Addl. Labour Court, (1992) 1 CLR 433 (Karn).