Malls, movie halls & shops can work 24×7
Shops, malls, cinema halls and other commercial establishments will be able to operate 24×7 throughout the year as the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a model law which allows such workplaces to operate round the clock.
While malls already operate on all days, the hours can be further expanded, while smaller establishments employing 10 or more employees will also be able to stay open longer provided respective states agree to implement the model law.
The law specifies mea sures to ensure safety of women working late. The proposed change in work conditions for women is intended to end “protective discrimination“ that reduced employment opportunities for women employees, finance minister Arun Jaitley told the media.
Gender equality and better working conditions are key focus areas of the law which will cover establishments employing 10 or more workers except manufacturing units and will provide freedom to operate 365 days with flexibility on opening and closing hours. Pending the panel’s deci sion, allowances will continue at existing rates. The pay commission called for scrapping of a large number of allowances but employee unions had urged the government to review these recommendations.
“The recommendations of the Pay Commission with of the Pay Commission with respect to pay and pension, have been accepted by and large by the government.And those recommendations will be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016, and the arrears would also be paid in this year,“ finance minister Arun Jaitley said.
The minimum pay has been increased from Rs 7000 to 18,000 per month. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs 18000 whereas for a Class I officer it will be Rs 56,100. For a secretary level officer the salary will increase from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh and for the cabinet secretary at Rs 2.5 lakh a month. The government has accepted the Pay Commission recommendation of a fitment factor of 2.57 (the starting pay will be 2.57 times what was prevailing on 01.01.2006) which will be applied across all pay scales.Gratuity ceiling has been raised from from Rs 10 to 20 lakh.
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