Women Can Work Night Shift: New Policy Draft Mandates Employers to Provide Experience, Joining Letter & Salary Slip
Written by Sanjay Kumar
On Friday (April 28), the Delhi government gave the green light to a draft policy that would permit women to work in night shift. The Delhi Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Rules, 2023 draft was endorsed by Labour Minister Raaj Kumar Anand, and the public will be invited to provide feedback and objections before the policy is finalised.
According to the draft rules, women can now work from 7 pm to 6 am, with the consent of the women. Employers are required to make proper arrangements for transport from home to work and back, as well as adequate restroom and drinking water facilities at the workplace. The workplace should also be located near the women’s homes.
To ensure the safety of women, employers must provide a dedicated helpline number for emergencies and take measures to prevent sexual harassment, in accordance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013.
The draft policy will be open for public feedback and objections for 30 days through the Labour Department portal. The department will evaluate the feedback and objections before submitting them to the legal department for analysis. Once the final policy is in place, women in Delhi will be able to work in night shift with adequate safety measures.
Other Labour Laws
Labour Minister Raaj Kumar Anand also made an important decision to enhance the safety and health provisions for employees in Delhi. The new regulation stipulates that employees who work overtime will receive additional payment.
Employees who work over 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week will be considered to have worked overtime. These employees are entitled to receive up to double the hourly rate based on minimum wages. However, employees are not allowed to work more than 12 hours per day or 60 hours per week.
Moreover, it is mandatory that employees are not permitted to work overtime for seven consecutive days. Additionally, employers must provide some holidays to their employees annually.
Employers must now provide joining and experience letters to employees in any field. Salary slips must also be given to the employees. Furthermore, employers must pay for the travel expenses of migrant workers once a year to cover the cost of traveling to and from their homes by bus or rail.
On Health & Working Conditions
To safeguard the well-being of employees who work in factories handling hazardous chemicals and materials in Delhi, it is now mandatory for them to undergo annual medical examinations. The factory operator must ensure that employees receive blood, urine, X-ray, and other tests suggested by the medical inspector.
The Labour Department’s inspectors will conduct regular factory inspections to ensure compliance and instruct employers to take the necessary measures for employee safety. Employers who fail to comply with the regulations will face concrete action by the Labour Department.
Employers are required to report any workplace accidents to the Labour Department within 12 hours of the incident. In the event of an employee’s death, the employer must inform the Labour Department, District Magistrate, or the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, police station in charge, as well as the relevant department of the state if the worker is a migrant.
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