NEW RULES FOR WOMEN LABOURERS BY THE UP GOVERNMENT

The government of Uttar Pradesh has made an important move to abolish the night shift for female factory employees across the state. It makes it clear that female employees will not be forced to work far beyond 7 p.m. or called to work before 6 a.m. without their written consent. The advisory would be relevant in both the public and private sectors. According to the GO, if a woman worker refuses to work before 6 a.m. or after 7 p.m., she will not be terminated from employment. In their notification, the department specified that employers should provide free pick-up and drop-off transportation for workers who give written consent to work the night shift. Women who work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be entitled to dinner from their employer. They should also be given adequate protective monitoring during working hours and on travels after the night shift is completed. The state government holds the employer responsible for providing toilets, washrooms, changing rooms, drinking facilities, and lighting near the women’s workplace, as well as allowing at least four women to work on the premises or in a particular department between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
For verification, the employer must inform the Inspector of Factories (Labour Inspector) of the concerned region of the arrangement he provides for female workers’ employment. Within a maximum of seven days, the verification should be completed. The employer is also required to submit a monthly report to the inspector of factories in the region concerned, either electronically or otherwise, detailing the information of women workers employed during the night shift. 
To prevent an instance of sexual harassment in the workplace, the employer will be responsible for creating a safe working environment for female employees. Furthermore, the department mandates that the employer implement an effective complaint procedure in the factory by the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2013 or any other relevant legislation. The employer must make women employees aware of their rights by clearly posting the guideline.

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