Cabinet approves night shifts for women


Cabinet granted approval to amend legal provisions to enable women to work after 6:00 p.m.

The Cabinet of Ministers approved to amend the Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Act No. 19 of 1954 and Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Act No. 33 of 2002 on 8 August 2022.

Many Knowledge Process Outsourcing institutions, Business Process Outsourcing institutions, Back Office and ICT-Enabled Services have emerged in the country around major cities.Employees of these institutions are required to follow time zones of other countries. However, according to the Act, women can work after 6:00 p.m.only in certain instances.

It has been identified that the existing restrictive legal provisions on night work of women should be amended.

The proposal with regard to this was presented by the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment.