Powers and Rights of Company Secretary
A Company secretary is a high level officer. He enjoys certain rights and power as per contract made with the company, which are as follows:
a) Supervision and Control: As a head of the office, a company secretary has the rights to supervise, direct and control all office activities of subordinate offices.
b) Signing authority: Being a principal officer, a company secretary can sign contracts, proceedings of the company meeting, files and documents on behalf of the company.
c) Exercising power: He has the right to exercise powers as granted by board of directors.
d) Issuing testimonial: A company secretary can issue testimonials to employees on behalf of the company.
e) Claiming salary and damages: As per contract, he has the right to claim his salary and other allowances. He can also take legal action against the company if there is any breach of contract. Before his services are terminated, he can demand a reasonable notice and claim damages for his wrongful dismissal.
f) Preferential creditor: During winding up of a company, company secretary can claim his legal dues on a preferential basis.
g) Attending meeting: He has the right to be physically present in the meetings of the shareholders and board of directors.