Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government on Saturday (January 2) permitted all shops and commercial establishments employing ten or more people to operate on a 24x7 basis on all days of the year for the next three years.

The state government's decision is aimed at generating employment and spurring Karnataka's economy that has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The state government in a circular said no employee should be made to work more than ten hours a day.

"All employers shall not require or allow any person employed to work therein for more than eight hours in any day and forty-eight hours in any week and the period of work including overtime shall not exceed ten hours in any day," the government order said.

All employees are entitled to at least one week-off, the government said. It added that if an employee is made to work beyond eight hours in a day, he/she will have to be paid an overtime allowance.

The employer shall appoint additional staff in order to allow every employee to avail one day holiday in a week on a rotation basis, and the details of every employee shall be exhibited by the employer at a conspicuous place in the shop or commercial establishment.

Women employees shall not be allowed to work beyond 8.00 pm on any day in normal circumstances. Provided that an employer after obtaining written consent from a woman employee may allow her to work between 8.00 pm and 6.00 am subject to providing adequate protection to her dignity, honour and safety.

Transport arrangements shall be provided to the woman employee who works in shifts. A notice to this effect shall be exhibited at the main entrance of the shop or commercial establishment indicating the availability of the transport.

 The employees shall be provided with restroom, washroom, safety lockers and other basic amenities.

The government said the employers or managers who are found violating its directives regarding shift timings will face action.

The notification said that the above terms and conditions shall be treated and implemented in addition to those provisions specified in the Karnataka Shops and Establishments Act, 1961. (Karnataka Act No. 8 of 1962) and The Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923 (Central Act 8 of 1923).