The Government of Maharashtra (Government) vide notification dated 23 March 2018 has notified the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2018 (Rules) under the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017 (2017 Act). The Rules, repeal the earlier Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Rules, 1961 (1961 Rules).
The Government vide notification dated 2 February 2018 had notified the draft Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) formulated under the 2017 Act for public comments. Now it appears that the Government has quickly acted upon the public comments that may have been received on the Draft Rules and has thereafter implemented the Rules.
Our earlier newsflash on the key aspects of the Draft Rules can be accessed here.
Key incremental amendments made to the Draft Rules as per the notified Rules:
The Government has acted swiftly by implementing the Rules soon after releasing the Draft Rules for stakeholders’ comments. Read with the 2017 Act, the Rules are aimed to facilitate ease of doing business, ease of compliance and represent major reforms towards workplace safety issues and welfare provisions especially for women workers. Needless to mention that the overall implementation of legislative intent of the 2017 Act and the Rules would largely depend on a proactive state machinery in cooperation with the establishments which must also take steps to make themselves aware of the new statutory framework.