Karnataka Government removes night shift restrictions for women

Karnataka Government has removed restrictions on allowing women to work in night shifts in all sectors in a bid to provide equal opportunities for women. As a follow up to this decision, Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 and the Factories Act 1948 have been amended. However, employers will have to carry out measures to ensure the security, safety and privacy of female employees. Besides, state Labour Department has imposed 15-conditions for hiring services of women during night time. Currently, women in the state are allowed to work in Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) sectors.