Right To Sit

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  • The Tamil Nadu government has tabled a Bill in the Legislative Assembly making it mandatory for establishments to provide seating facilities for employees.
  • Popularly being called the "Right to Sit".
  • Bill seeking an amendment to the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act, 1947 by adding a sub-section that makes it mandatory for establishments to provide seating facility to all employees.
  • Noting that staff members are often made to stand throughout their duty hours which triggers several health issues, the proposed Section 22-A of the Act reads, “The premises of every establishment shall have suitable seating arrangements for all employees so that they may take advantage of any opportunity to sit which may occur in the course of their work and thereby avoid (being) on their toes… throughout the working hours.”
  • It is aimed to benefit thousands of employees of large and small establishments, particularly those working in textile and jewelry showrooms.
  • A few years ago, workers of textile showrooms in Kerala had gone on a protest demanding the ‘Right to Sit’, prompting the government there to amend the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act in 2018.

Source : Indian Express

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