After much required detailed deliberations and discussions with employers’ associations/federations, employees/labour representatives and State Governments through a tripartite consultative process and last but not the least, the public through the internet, the Union Cabinet presided by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi considered the Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The Bill will now be sent to States/UTs to enable them to modify their individual Acts. They will have the option to either adopt the said Bill as it is or modify its provisions as per their requirements.
Note: It is important to note that the cabinet approval, however, does not imply that the bill has become a law as the responsibility to adopt the central government’s proposed model Act will be on the state governments. Shops and Establishments Bill 2016 Overview
Women will be permitted during a night shift, if the provision of shelter, restroom ladies toilet, adequate protection of their dignity and transportation etc. exists. Discrimination against women is not permitted especially in the matter of recruitment, training, transfer or promotions.
One of the biggest changes proposed in the Model Shops & Establishment Bill, 2016 is that shops and establishment will have the freedom to operate 365 days in a year which means that malls, restaurants, cinema halls and other retailing establishments to remain open on all days.
The Model Bill is expected to bring uniformity in the legislative provisions by making it easier for all the States to adopt it. It will also ensure uniform working conditions across the country and make it easier and simpler to do business in India. This will also help in generating more employment opportunities. Moreover, in order to make the process of registration simpler online one common registration will be used. Shops and Establishments Bill 2016 Overview