Meghalaya Allows Shops And Establishments To Be Open Throughout The Year

Posted On - 16 September, 2023 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva

The Government of Meghalaya vide notification dated August 3, 2023 permits all the establishments registered under the Act in the State of Meghalaya to keep open on all 365 days of the year, for a further period of 1 year i.e., up to 31st December 2023, subject to certain prescribed conditions such as one paid leave per week, display of list of holidays for a month on a notice board, paid leave on national and festival holidays, an hour of rest period after five hours of continuous work, normal hours of work not exceeding 9 hours in a day or 48 hours in a week, adequate safety and security arrangements for employees and visitors if the establishment remains open after 10. P.M, provision of separate lockers, security and restrooms at the workplace for female employees, compliance with the POSH Act, etc. However, the notification restricts employment of female employees after 7:00 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. In addition to these terms and conditions, all the provisions of the Meghalaya Shops and Establishment Act, 2003 and other relevant Laws shall be applicable to the establishment. In case of violation of any of the aforesaid terms and conditions or any other provision of the Meghalaya Shops and Establishment Act, 2003, the exemption shall be cancelled after giving a due opportunity of being heard by the Competent Authority.