Model Shops and Establishment Bill, 2016

What is the bill for?

  • It will also allow shops, malls and cinema halls, among other establishments to run 24×7 throughout the year
  • It will ensure uniform working conditions across the country and also facilitate generation of employment opportunities and ease of doing business
  • This model Bill will bring uniformity across the country and it will make it easier for all the States to adopt it
  • Implementation of this law depends on the state govt. It may choose to implement it, not to implement it or make changes as deemed fit to the law.
Major provisions:
  • Provides freedom to the establishment to operate 365 days 24×7
  • Covers only establishments employing ten or more workers under it ambit. It does not cover manufacturing units
  • Permits women during night shift, if the establishments have provisions of shelter, rest room, ladies toilet, transportation and adequate protection of their dignity etc.
  • Does not allow discrimination against women in the matter of recruitment, training, promotions or transfer
  • Empowers Government to make rules regarding adequate measures to be taken for the safety and health of workers by the employer
  • Provisions for common creche, lavatory, first aid and canteen by group of establishments. It will be applicable in case it is not possible for individual establishment due to constraint in space or otherwise
  • Compulsory provisions of five paid festival holidays in addition to national holidays



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