The Cabinet of Ministers has identified that the existing restrictive legal provisions on night work for women should be amended.
Accordingly, the Cabinet approved a proposal presented by the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment to amend the Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Act No.19 of 1954.
The Cabinet Paper stated that many business institutions such as knowledge process outsourcing institutions, business process outsourcing institutions, back office and ICT enabling services have emerged in the country.
The Cabinet Paper said according to the nature of the institutions, employees are expected to work according to foreign times.
However, according to the Act, women can be employed after 6PM only in a limited number of professions.
Therefore, it was identified that the existing restrictive legal provisions on night work should be amended.