Your office is in which state. You may refer to the SE Act applicable to your state.
Generically speaking company may keep office timing for 9 hours with break of 1 hour or two tea breaks of 15 min and lunch break of 30 min, thus keeping working hours at 8 hours /day.
Ideally company should compensate for getting duty on holidays/off days.
Employee should mark attendance on all days and maintain record, of breaks allowed during office hours.
Employees can form an IC, Guild, Union, association etc. If employees are member of some trade union, union can take up the matter.
Employees can lodge complaint with local O/o Labor Commissioner, Inspector under SE act who is usually ALC. These authorities are expected to take suo motto notice of such violations implying they should not insist on
If the dip in sales is uniform and universal across all offices it is due to the market conditions.
However employees should also attempt their best and add new customers to keep the revenues intact. Employees should endeavor their best to help the employer/company in such testing times.
SE Act Delhi:
Sub-section (14)—“working hours”
The phrase “working hours” or “hours of work” as defined in this sub-section means the time
during which the persons employed are at the disposal of the employer exclusive of any interval
for rest and meals and “hour worked” has a corresponding meaning. The use of the expression,
“at the disposal of the employer” is not without any significance. It indicates that the person so
employed must be available to work and to be under the control or supervision of the employer
during the working hours and it seems to be immaterial whether the person so employed has
worked during the entire working hours or not or whether the employer has taken any work from
him. The only obligation appears to be that he must remain at the disposal of the employer
throughout the working hours fixed under the Act, excluding of course the time allowed for rest
8. Employment of adults, hours of work.—No adult shall be employed or allowed to work
about the business of an establishment for more than nine hours on any day or 48 hours in any
week and the occupier shall fix the daily periods of work accordingly:
Provided that during any period of stock taking or making of accounts or any other purpose
as may be prescribed, any adult employee may be allowed or required to work for more than the
hours fixed in this section, but not exceeding 54 hours in any week subject to the conditions that
the aggregate hours so worked shall not exceed 150 hours in a year:
Provided further that advance intimation of at least three days in this respect has been given
in the prescribed manner to the Chief Inspector and that any person employed on overtime shall
be entitled to remuneration for such overtime work at twice the rate of his normal remuneration
calculated by the hour.
Explanation.—For the purpose of calculating the normal hourly wage the day shall be
reckoned as consisting of eight hours.
10. Interval for rest and meals.—(1) The period of work of an adult employee in an
establishment each day shall be so fixed that no period of continuous work shall exceed five
hours and that no employee shall be required or allowed to work for more than five hours before
he had an interval for rest and meals of at least half an hour.
(2) The time for such interval shall be fixed by the employer and intimated to the Chief
Inspector a week before such fixation and shall remain operative for a period of not less than