Andhra Pradesh Shops & Establishments Act - 1988

The Andhra Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act, 1988 and Rules, 1990 are applicable to all the shops and commercial establishments in the whole of the Andhra Pradesh State.

The Act is enacted for the purpose of protecting the rights of employees. The Act provides regulations of the payment of wages, terms of services, work hours, rest intervals, overtime work, opening and closing hours, closed days, holidays, leaves, maternity leave and benefits, work conditions, rules for employment of children, records maintenance, etc.

Key Definitions

Shop means any premises where any trade or business is carried an or where services are rendered to customers and includes a shop run by a cooperative society, an office, a store room, godown, warehouse or work place, whether in the same premises or otherwise, used in connection with such trade or business and such other establishments as the Government may, by notification, declare to be a shop for the purposes of this Act, but does not include a commercial establishment.

Commercial Establishment means an establishment which carries on any trade, business, profession or any work in connection with or incidental or ancillary to any such trade, business or profession or which is a clerical department of a factory or an industrial undertaking or which is a commercial or trading or banking or insurance establishment and includes an establishment under the management and control of a co-operative society, an establishment of a factory or an industrial undertaking which falls outside the scope of the Factories Act, 1948, (Central Act 63 of 1948) and such other establishment as the Government may, by notification, declare to be a commercial establishment for the purposes of this Act but does not include a shop.

Registration

Each owner, within 30 days from starting the business shall submit application form in form ‘A’ of Andhra Pradesh (Issuance of Integrated Registration and Furnishing of Combined Returns under various Labour Laws by certain Establishments) Act 2015.

A Certificate of Registration is issued under Form C of Andhra Pradesh (Issuance of Integrated Registration and Furnishing of Combined Returns under various Labour Laws by certain Establishments) Act 2015.

Renewal of Registration was exempted by Notification G.O.Ms.No.7, Labour Employment Training & Factories (Lab-I), dated 13th February, 2019. Through recent Amendment, the Labour Department has introduced the Auto-Renewal of Registration under the Act through Employer Self-Certification along with prescribed online fee payment instead of exempting the registration renewal.

Registration certificate must be displayed on visible place inside the office premises.

Benefits of Registration

The establishment—

  • will have a legal identity to conduct business with the territory.
  • can avail benefits under various Government schemes.
  • can operate business bank accounts.

Statutory Compliances

Notifications

Andhra Pradesh introduces Auto-Renewal of Registration for Shops & Establishments instead of Exemption

14 Aug, 2021
The Andhra Pradesh Government introduces Auto-Renewal of Registration under its Shops and Commercial Establishments Act on submission of self-certification along with online fee payment. This will replace the exemption from renewal of the registration granted by the State earlier.
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Paid holiday on 10th March in Andhra Pradesh for voting Urban Local Bodies Elections

05 Mar, 2021
The Andhra Pradesh Labour Department declared 10 March 2021 as a paid holiday to all the employees and workers employed in the shops and establishments to cast their vote in the Urban Local Bodies Election.

Andhra Pradesh declares paid holidays for voting in Gram Panchayat Elections

04 Feb, 2021
The Andhra Pradesh Labour Department has declared 09th, 13th, 17th and 21st February 2021 as paid holidays to the employees and workers employed in shops and establishments to cast their votes in Gram Panchayat Elections.

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