Permission For 12 Hours Duty from Labour Department applicability
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From India, Faridabad
Thanks Shobhit for the response.

We are producers of Steel billets out of Metal Scraps with addition of small quantity of pig iron, sponge iron. Around 110 contract workers and 25 company employees are working.
We have 12 security personnel (Outsourced) working for our plant.

We need permission from Labour Office to carry out 12 hours shift work for all contract workers and few company employees.
Kindly advise.

aravind patro

From India
Dear Mr Arobindo,

The Labour Department would not give Permission For 12 Hours Duty because it is out of context. You can notify the Labour Department and copy mark to Factory Inspector ''owing to meet some supply deadline your establishment extend the shift hour beyond 4 hours for certain employees and they will be paid as per the norms". The employees kept extra 4 hours to be paid double the rate as rules of overtime attracts.

From India, Mumbai
Officially 12 hrs working may not be granted permission.However intimation to concerned authorities about extended hours of working for a short period can be accepted, provided that employees are paid over time @ double the wage rate and being given required welfare.
If it is done to mitigate the cost issues of the company, then I would say it is not advisable to go for 12 hrs, after all security is vital to organisation and same is the manpower and their welfare.

From India, Vadodara
First, 12 hour shifts are illegal in india.
Therefore, the labour department or any government authority can not give you the approval.
Even during Covid lockdown, the high courts struck down all such notifications.

If you are doing 12 hour shifts for a short period, in order to meet emergency manpower shortages, then you can do so, but it will be an 8 hour shift with 4 hours of double-rate overtime. That is the best you can do. Even that, the overtime can not exceed 48 hours a quarter (117 hours in some states like Maharashtra)

From India, Mumbai

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