The Tamil Nadu government recently introduced legislation to modify the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act, 1947. The bill aimed to introduce a provision requiring employers to offer seats for their employees.
According to the proposed Section 22-A of the Act, every establishment’s premises must offer appropriate sitting facilities for all employees so that they can take advantage of any chance to sit. People who work in stores and businesses are forced to stand for the whole of their shift, resulting in a variety of health problems. Thousands of employees in large and small businesses, notably those working in textile and jewellery showrooms, would profit. Workers in Kerala’s textile showrooms staged a protest a few years ago, seeking the “Right to Sit.”
Source: The Hindu