8 things you need to know about the 24-hour working rule for establishments
On Wednesday, the Union government approved a model law that allows shops, malls and cinema halls, among other establishments, to remain open 24 hours a day.
Here are some of the key points pertaining to model law
1. Establishments covered under the model law include – retail stores, malls, cinemas, chemists, recreational centers, restaurants and more.
2. Establishments will have the flexibility of staying open for 7 days a week, 365 days a year. However, there is a provision for compulsory holidays for staff.
3. The biggest reason for approving model law was to increase the employment opportunities across the country. Since establishments will have the ability to operate for longer hours, they will have to employ more people to work in shifts.
4. The model law does not require parliament’s approval, however state governments have the authority to modify it as per their requirements.
5. Under the law, establishments with over 10 employees, except manufacturing units, will have the flexibility to function for 24 hours.
6. Woman will have equal rights to working in the night shift, although the employer will be responsible for their transport and security.
7. Establishments will have to equip workplaces with basic necessities like water, washrooms, canteen, first-aid kits, creches etc.
8. Under the law, sectors employing skilled labour like I.T, Telecommunication, Banking etc will have be exempted from the maximum daily (9) and weekly working (48) hours.
Going forward, each state is expected to invite suggestions and recommendations from the concerned bodies before implementing the statewide law.