Shops (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1938

Obligation on proprietors of shops to observe hours of work notice.

24.—(1) It shall not be lawful for the proprietor of a shop to allow any member of the staff of that shop to do shop work for him during any hours on any day other than the hours of work specified for that day in respect of such member in the hours of work notice for the time being in force relating to that shop.

(2) If the proprietor of a shop acts in contravention of this section, such proprietor shall be guilty of an offence under this section.

(3) Where the proprietor of a shop is charged with an offence under this section it shall be a good defence to such charge for such proprietor to prove to the satisfaction of the court before which such offence is tried that the alleged contravention of this section was rendered necessary by reason of illness amongst the members of the staff of that shop or other unforeseen cause.