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Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act-1958

Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act-1958 : The Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act, 1958: An Overview

The Madhya Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act, 1958 (MP Shops Act) is a legislation that regulates the working conditions and terms of employment for individuals working in various establishments across the state. Its primary objectives are to:

  • Ensure fair and healthy working conditions for employees
  • Prevent exploitation of workers, especially children and young adults
  • Regulate working hours, rest periods, wages, and holidays
  • Provide for leave encashment, overtime pay, and other benefits
  • Ensure safety and welfare of employees at the workplace

Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects of the Act:


  • Applies to shops, commercial establishments, residential hotels, restaurants, eating houses, theatres, other places of public amusement or entertainment, and other establishments (as defined in the Act).
  • Initially applied to specific areas mentioned in the schedule and later extended to the entire state through notifications.

Key Provisions:

  • Registration of Establishments: Requires establishments to register with the authorities.
  • Working Hours and Weekly Rest: Defines maximum daily and weekly working hours, and mandates one weekly rest day for all employees.
  • Wages and Overtime Pay: Prescribes minimum wages and overtime pay regulations.
  • Leave and Holidays: Entitles employees to paid leave, including weekly, casual, sick, and festival holidays.
  • Employment of Children: Prohibits employment of children below 14 years and restricts working hours and conditions for adolescents (14-18 years).
  • Maternity Benefits: Provides for maternity leave and benefits to female employees.
  • Record Keeping: Mandates employers to maintain records of employee details, wages, attendance, leave, etc.
  • Inspections and Penalties: Authorizes inspections by government officials and prescribes penalties for violations of the Act.

Recent Amendments:

  • The Act has been amended several times since its enactment, most recently in 1995.
  • Amendments have focused on improving working conditions, increasing minimum wages, and strengthening enforcement mechanisms.

Important Resources:

Disclaimer: This summary is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please consult with a legal professional for any specific questions regarding the MP Shops Act and its implications.

Adcocate J.S. Rohilla (Civil & Criminal Lawyer in Indore)

Contact: 88271 22304

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