The Goa Shops & Establishments Act, and Rules are applicable to all the shops and commercial establishments in the areas notified by Government of Goa.
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.
Commercial Establishment means any establishment which carries on any business, trade or profession or any work in connection with, or incidental or ancillary to, any business, trade or profession and includes:
Establishment means a shop, commercial establishment, residential hotel, restaurant, eating house, theatre or other place of public amusement or entertainment bank and financial institution to which this Act applies and includes such other establishment as the Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare to be an establishment for the purposes of the Act;
Shop means any premises where goods are sold, either by retail or wholesale or both or where services are rendered to customers and includes an office, store-room, godown, ware-house, sale depot and work-place, whether in the same premises or elsewhere, used mainly in connection with such trade or business, but does not include a factory, commercial establishment, residential hotel, restaurant, eating house, theatre or other place of public amusement or entertainment or a shop attached to a factory where the persons employed in the shop are allowed the benefits provided for workers under the Factories Act, 1948.
On receipt of the statement and the fees, the Inspector shall, on being satisfied about the correctness of the statement, register the establishment in the Register of Establishments in such manner as may be prescribed and shall issue in the prescribed form a registration certificate to the employer who shall display it at a prominent place in the establishment.