What is the News?
The Tamil Nadu Government has tabled a bill in the State Assembly that recognizes workers ‘right to sit’.
Note: Kerala is the only other State to have legislated on the ‘right to sit’ in 2018.
What is the Bill?
The bill seeks to amend the Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act, 1947.
The amendment makes it mandatory for business establishments to provide seating arrangements for their employees who stand for long hours.
What is the significance of the Bill?
The bill, if passed, will ensure a chair to each worker and a whole lot of dignity besides helping the employees avoid the discomfort and health issues that arise from standing throughout the day.
Source: This post is based on the article “Tamil Nadu tables Bill to ensure seating facilities for employees at shops” published in The Hindu on 7th September 2021.