How much is breaks in working hours? Included or not?


What do rules say about maximum working hours in India? What is the break up of meal and other breaks in those hours?

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Hi Nitin,

The working hours, rest intervals, overtime, holidays, etc., of employees, are governed by the Shops and Establishments Act and Rules of the respective States / UTs. Every State/UT has prescribed the work hours and rest intervals for the employees and workmen.

You can refer to Shops and Establishments Act India | Shop Act Rules For Indian States ( that provides quick reckoner on the above aspects.

The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act and Rules, govern certain establishments, and the Factories Act and Rules are applicable to the factories in the respective States/UTs.

Hope the above helps.

Bhuvana Anand

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