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SHOPS ACT
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SUMMARY


This act makes new provisions relating to shops.

 

KEY DEFINITIONS

 

Shop Any premises or place in which a person conducts, manages or carries on business for the sale of commodities whether by wholesale or retail, and whether or not such business is conducted, managed or carried on to the exclusion of, or in addition to, any other business, and includes any place used for the storage of, receipt of orders for, or dispatch or delivery of, any goods dealt with in the business.
Shop Assistant Any person, except a member of the occupier's family, wholly or mainly employed in a shop in connection with the serving of customers, the receipt of money or orders for goods, or the delivery or dispatch of goods.

 

MAIN FEATURES

 

  • A shop assistant's regular hours of work are eight (8) hours per day or forty (40) hours for a five (5) day work week.
  • A shop assistant is entitled to one (1) hour lunch after 4 ½ consecutive hours of work.
  • Where a shop assistant works overtime when work exceeds the eight (8) hours per day or forty (40) hours per week, he/she should be paid at a rate not less than two (2) times the ordinary rate for work on any public holiday and 1 ½ times the ordinary rate for work on any other day,
  • Every shop assistant is allowed at least two (2) day rest period per week
  • In every room where shop assistants are assigned, there should be at least one seat for every three (3) shop assistants.
  • Rest room facilities to be provided where five (5) or more shops assistants are employed.
  • Provisions should be made for -

    o        Adequate facilities for washing and drying hands
    o        Sufficient ventilation
    o        Suitable privy accommodation
    o        Fresh drinking water
    o        First aid kit
    o        Safe means of access to every place where shop assistants work.
    o        Proper equipment for fire-fighting
    o        Exit doors to open outwards
    o        Audible warning in case of fire
  • A Shop assistant is not obligated to work on the day of religious worship.
  • Overtime is not compulsory.
  • Any person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no penalty is otherwise specifically provided is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $500 or imprisonment for 6 months or both and, on a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine of $1000 or imprisonment for 12 months; and in either case, if the failure to comply is continuous, then, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for each day during which the failure to comply continues.

 

 

 




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