Ensuring Safety for Women Workers: Haryana Government’s Night Shift Regulations Simplified

In a bid to prioritize the safety of female workers, the Governor of Haryana has introduced new regulations under the Factories Act, 1948, pertaining to night shift employment. These regulations, effective from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., are designed to provide a secure environment for women while they work. This notification was published on March 14, 2024.

Central to these regulations is the strict prohibition of sexual harassment in the workplace, ensuring that every woman can perform her duties without fear. Employers are mandated to comply with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, and establish internal committees to address grievances promptly. Transparency and communication are emphasized, with employers required to prominently display orders related to the harassment policy. Security measures such as adequate lighting, CCTV coverage, and group employment are also mandated, along with transportation facilities equipped with female security guards and trained drivers. Regular workshops and awareness programs aim to empower women with knowledge of their rights, while reporting obligations ensure accountability and continuous improvement. Adherence to future regulations demonstrates a commitment to evolving safety standards. These regulations exemplify the Haryana government’s proactive approach to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment where the dignity and well-being of every female worker are paramount.

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