In a major relief to women employees working in shops, Kerala has decided to amend the Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments Act of 1960 to ensure the safety of female staff working in shops, hotels and restaurants. It also aims at preventing sexual exploitation of the women working in these places.
The cabinet that met on Wednsday approved the draft bill.
As per the draft bill, there will be restriction for having female staff at work between 9 pm and 6 am. They are to be kept in shift only if more than five persons are in the group including two females. The Shop owners should also arrange transportation facility for those working at night.
The temporary security staff appointed through security agencies will also be brought under this Act.
With complaints that staff in shops are not allowed to sit during working hours, a clause to ensure availability of sitting space for staff in shops will be added in the Act.