TN stores and commercial establishments licensed to operate 24/7

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CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has issued an order allowing shops and commercial establishments to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

In an order issued on June 2, the Secretary of the State Department of Labor and Skills Development, R Kirlosh Kumar, said that all shops and establishments employing 10 or more people are exempt from the provisions of the sub-section. (1) of Section 7 and Sub-section (1) of Section 1 of the Shops and Establishments of Tamil Nadu Act 1947 and permitted to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all days of the year for a period of three years from June 5, 2022.

Each employee will be granted one day off per week on a rotational basis, and contact information for each employee will be posted by the employer in a conspicuous place in the establishments.

According to the GO, “an employer shall not require or permit any person to work more than eight hours a day and forty-eight hours a week, and the period of work, including overtime, shall not exceed ten hours and a half in any day and fifty-seven hours a week.

The new GO states that female employees will not be required to work beyond 8 p.m. every day under normal circumstances.

The employer must allow female employees to work between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. after obtaining the employees’ written consent, subject to adequate protection of their dignity, honor and safety.

The government order also stipulates that transportation arrangements must be provided for female employees working in shifts.

The ordinance also insists that employees must have washrooms, restrooms, security lockers and other basic amenities. Every employer who employs women should set up an internal Women’s Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee under the Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2013 and the committee should be operational, the GO added.

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