Shops (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1938


Working Hours and Mealtimes.

Restriction on night employment of juveniles on shop work.

19.—(1) A juvenile who is employed to do shop work shall in every period of twenty-four hours between midday on one day and midday on the next day be allowed an interval of at least eleven consecutive hours which shall, subject to the provisions of the next following sub-section, include the hours from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.

(2) The interval of eleven consecutive hours mentioned in the immediately preceding sub-section need not, in the case of a juvenile who is not less than sixteen years, include—

(a) if such juvenile is a male person and is employed during the hour between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. in connection with the collection or delivery of milk or bread or newspapers, the said hour, or

(b) if such juvenile is a male person and is employed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 o'clock midnight, solely in connection with the business of serving meals to customers for consumption on the premises, the said hours, or

(c) if such juvenile is employed in connection with any retail trade or business carried on in a theatre and a performance is taking place in such theatre which begins before the hour of 10 p.m. and ends after the hour of 10 p.m. and not later than the hour of 1 a.m., the hours during which such performance is taking place.

(3) If there is any contravention of the provisions of this section in respect of any juvenile, the person who is the employer of such juvenile shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.

(4) In this section the word “theatre” includes any place used for the exhibition of pictures or other optical effects by means of a cinematograph or other suitable apparatus.

(5) This section shall apply in respect of a juvenile who does shop work regularly for the proprietor of a shop and who is a relative of such proprietor.