Umakanthan53
Labour Law & Hr Consultant

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Hello everyone,
I would like to know if the rules mentioned in the Shops & Establishment act applicable to the White collar employees? Since it is by default applicable to the blue collar employees, I want to know if the employees who work on the desks are also covered under this act.
Thanks

Dear Vaishnavi,

Understanding the inherent meanings of the terms viz., "blue collar" and "white collar" used in your post will help finding an appropriate answer to your query. These terms are occupational classification to distinguish those employees doing manual works from those doing professional or other works. In general, a blue collar worker is one who is employed to do any manual job in manufacturing,sanitation, custodial works and the like and a white collar worker is one who is employed to do other kinds of jobs like clerical, accounting and the like in an office environment. Yet another classification is there viz., "pink collar" referring to employees engaged in works relating to sales, customer interaction, entertainment and other activities of service-orientation. Now, compare the normal activities of persons employed in a shop or establishment in this back-drop and decide yourself whether the occupational classification has any uniform relevance to the matter of application of the Rules made under the Shops and Establishments Acts. All and sundry employed in a shop or establishment under the said Act are " Person(s) Employed " and the application of certain rules such as working hours, overtime work etc is dependent on the nature of their predominant duties such as managerial or administrative, involving exclusive travelling etc.

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