1. Who is the Registering Officer under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishment act, 1958?
The area labour Inspector is the Registering Officer under the above said Act.
2. Whether all shops and commercial establishments have to be registered under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958
Yes, unless the establishment is exempted under section 3 of the Act. Kindly click on the 'Exempted Shops and Commercial Establishments' on this site.
3. Whether an establishments having no employees is also required to be registered under the Act?
Yes.
4. What is the time period for Registration of a Shop or Commercial Establishment?
Within 30 days from the commencement of shop or commercial establishment.
5. Is there any fee for registration of the shop or commercial establishment?
Presently there is no fee charged for registration or renewal of the establishment. However, the Government reserves its right to impose a fee on registration and renewal as it deem fit.
6. When is the Registration Certificate required to be renewed?
Every year unless the renewal is exempted by the Government. Kindly click on RENEWALto view notification, if any, in this regard. For renewal, apply 30 days before the expiry of the Registration Certificate.
7. What are the normal opening and closing hours of a shop or commercial establishment?
Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. Closing Hours: 7.45 p.m.
8. On which day the shops and commercial establishments are required to be closed for whole day.
The government has notified 'Sunday' to be the close day.
9. Are there any establishments which are exempted from the opening and closing hours and also from the close day?
Yes.The provisions of Section 9 (opening and closing hours) and Section 10 (close day) are not applicable to certain establishments.
10. Is an employer required give an intimation regarding the persons employed? If yes, to whom?
Yes, information in Form A is required to be given to the area Labour Inspector within one week of employment of a person.
11. Is an employer required to exhibit any notices in his shops or commercial establishment?
Yes. He has exhibit the notices regarding close day; the working hours, the rest intervals of employed persons, if any and Particulars of employees in Form-B
12. If any change occurs in the particular of shop or commercial establishment, is an intimation required to be given about the same? If yes, to whom.
In this regard a notice is required to be given to the area Labour Inspector in Form G as soon as possible. He is also required to submit Form F for incorporating the changes in the Registration Certificate.
13. What are the total number of hours in a day an employee can be asked to work?
No employee is required or allowed to work for more than 8 hours in any day and 48 hours in any week.
14. Can an employee be employed more than the prescribed working hours, if so, what extra remuneration is to be paid?
The employee is entitled wages at the rate of twice the ordinary rate. However, the number of hours of work including overtime shall not exceed ten hours on any day. The total number of hours of overtime shall not exceed fifty during any quarter.
15. Is it necessary for a shopkeeper to observe weekly close day even if he has not employed any worker?
Yes
16. How may leaves with wages an employee is entitled to in a period of 12 months of continuous service
An employee is entitled to 1 day privileged leave/ earned leave with wages for every 20 days worked. He is also entitled to 7 days casual leaves with wages and 7 days sick leave with wages. Apart from this, every woman who has put in continuous employment of 6 months or more shall be entitled for 6 weeks of leave with wages preceding delivery and 6 weeks with wages after delivery
17. Can a woman employee be employed after 7 PM?
No woman employee or persons below 17 years shall be employed during night i.e. before 6 am or after 8 pm.
18. Which are the registers to be maintained by an employer?
A register of employment in form C; A register of wages in form D and A register of deductions in Form E