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By Madhur Singh
March 18—The state government of Maharashtra has enacted an amendment to the Factories Act that allows all workers to put in more overtime and women workers to work night shifts, while reducing the number of days that must be worked before an employee can claim paid annual leave.
Effective Feb. 1, 2016, the Factories (Maharashtra Amendment) Act of 2015 makes state-level changes to the national Factories Act of 1948, which makes provisions for the health, safety, welfare, working hours and leave of workers and is enforced by the state governments through their respective “factory” inspectorates.
The act applies to all industrial establishments (as against shops and commercial establishments) that employed 10 or more persons on any day in the preceding 12 months and where manufacturing involves the use of electricity or that employed 20 or more workers on any day in the preceding 12 months and electricity is not used in the manufacturing process.
The key changes made by the state of Maharashtra include:
These changes became effective Feb. 1, although some of the rules governing their application have yet to be released.
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