Shop and Establishments in Punjab permitted to operate all 365 days of the year up to 31-05-2024


The government of Punjab vide notification dated 2 June, 2023 has permitted all Shop and Establishments registered under Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958 to operate all 365 days of the year up to 31-05-2024 subject to following conditions:

  1. This exemption shall remain in operation for the period of one year from the date of Notification published in Govt. Gazette.
  2. Every employee working in the establishment shall be given one day holiday in a week without making any deductions from his/her wages on account thereof and list of the time table of such holidays for a month shall be placed on the notice board in advance.
  3. Every employee shall be given a rest period of one hour after 5 hours of continuous work.
  4. No employee shall be required to work for more than 9 hours in a day or 48 hours in a week.
  5. If the establishment remains open after 10.00 pm on any day, adequate safety and security arrangements shall be ensured for employees and visitors.
  6. As establishments are being given permission to be open for all days new staff shall be appointed for the extended timing.
  7. Female employees shall be provided separate locker, security and rest rooms at the work place.
  8. Every employer employing women employees shall constitute Internal Complaint Committee against sexual harassment of women under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act,2013 and the said Committee shall be operative.
  9. Female employee will not be allowed to work after 8.00 P.M. Their written consent in this regard shall be taken as adequate safety and security arrangements of female employees shall be made during working hours and it shall be ensured that they safely reach home after their work is over.
  10. The Prevention of The Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, as amended from time to time, shall be implemented in the establishments.
  11. The employees shall be provided all the facilities mentioned in the relevant labour laws.
  12. Consent letter shall be taken from the employees and it should be kept as record in theestablishments.
  13. The spread over of an employee shall not exceed 11 hours in a day.
  14. Employee shall be given national and festival holidays with wages.
  15. The wages including overtime wages of the employees shall be credited to their saving bank account.
  16. In addition to these terms and conditions, all the provisions of the Act and other relevant Laws shall be applicable to the establishment.
  17. In case of violation of any of the above terms and conditions or any other provision of the Act, the exemption shall be cancelled after giving a due opportunity of being heard by the Competent Authority.

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