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Wednesday, September 27 2023

‘Bill allowing night shift for women will be studied by state’

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Bengalurru: Labour Commissioner R R Jannu on Friday said the state government is still examining the Centre’s model shops and establishment bill that envisages allowing women to work in night shifts in retail establishments.

R R Jannu

R R Jannu

Currently, employment of women in night shifts is allowed only in select sectors such as information technology, biotechnology and information technology-enabled services. The government has accorded exemption to these sectors to employ women in night shifts. All sectors of the trade and the industry will be able to employ women in night shifts if the model bill is adopted, he added.

Besides allowing night shift for women, the bill has proposed to allow retail establishments -super markets, malls, cinemas and restaurants round-the-clock.

However, if the government wants to adopt the Act, then it has to make several amendments to it.
Accordingly, the companies have to bear the cost of creche facility obtained by women employees, provide free transportation facility and ensure their safety. The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) (Karnataka) Rules, 1974 has been amended for this purpose.

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