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February 6, 2016

1.The government has framed a new model law that will allow cinema halls, restaurants, shops, banks and other such workplaces to be open 24/7. The law will also enable women to work during the night in such offices with mandatory cab services and other workplace facilities for them.

2.The government has sent a draft Cabinet note on Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Act, 2015 for inviting comments from various Ministries and government departments. This will act as an advisory to the State governments which will have the option to either adopt this model law or make changes to it according to local needs.

3.For the first time, godowns, warehouses or workplace related to packaging activities are proposed to be covered under the law.

4.The draft law proposes to cover all premises, barring factories, or shops with work related to printing, banking, insurance, stocks and shares, brokerage or theatres, cinema and “any other public amusement” which is currently not covered under the Factories Act 1948.