Shops (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1938

Seats for female members of staffs of shops.

56.—(1) Where in any room in a shop female members of the staff are employed in the serving of customers, it shall be the duty of the proprietor of such shop to do the following things, that is to say:—

(a) to provide seats (in the proportion of not less than one to every three female members of the staff employed in such room) for such female members either behind the counter or in such other position as may be suitable for the purpose;

(b) to permit the female members of the staff so employed to make use of such seats whenever the use thereof does not interfere with their work;

(c) to give notice in the prescribed manner and in the prescribed form of the provisions of paragraph (b) of this sub-section.

(2) If the proprietor of a shop fails, neglects or refuses to comply with the obligations imposed on him by this section, such proprietor shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding, in the case of a first offence under this section, three pounds and, in the case of a second or any subsequent such offence a fine not exceeding five pounds.