1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Power to extend application of this Act

   4   Payment of remuneration

   5   Regulations

   6   Copies of Act, orders and regulations to be exhibited

   7   No contracting out

   8   Powers of Labour Officers and the Police

   9   Penalties



[Date of Commencement: 15th May, 1961]

27 of 1957,
41 of 1966,
11 of 2004.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Shops and Offices Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "child" means a person who is under the age of eighteen years;

[11/2004 s 94.]

   "employed" means engaged in work of any description, whether gratuitously or for reward;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for labour relations;


   (a)   in relation to any shop, means the owner of the business of that shop, and includes any person having the charge or the general management and control of that shop; and

   (b)   in relation to any office, means the person carrying on, or for the time being responsible for the management of, the business for the purposes of which the office is maintained;

   "office" means any establishment, being an establishment maintained for the purposes of any profession or trade or business, and of a class declared under section 3 to be an office for the purposes of this Act;

   "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made under section 5;

   "shop" means-

   (a)   any premises in which any person conducts or manages or carries on any business in which dry goods, hardware, jewellery, books or stationery are sold, whether by retail or wholesale, and whether or not such business is conducted, managed or carried on to the exclusion of, or in addition to, any other business, and includes any place used for storage of, receipt of orders for, or the despatch or delivery of, any goods dealt with in such business; and

   (b)   such other premises, being premises in which any trade or business is conducted or carried on and of a class declared under section 3 to be a shop for the purposes of this Act;

   "tourist ship" means any vessel declared by the Minister to be a tourist ship in a notice published at least four days prior to the arrival of such vessel at a port in Jamaica in a daily newspaper printed and circulating in Jamaica.

[41/1966 s 2.]

   "young person" [Deleted by Act 11 of 2004 s 94.]

3   Power to extend application of this Act

   The Minister may from time to time by order declare such classes of premises or establishments as may be specified in the order, to be shops or offices, as the case may be, for the purposes of this Act

4   Payment of remuneration

   The remuneration of every person employed in or about the business of a shop or office for reward shall be paid in the currency of this Island as described in the Bank of Jamaica Act, without any deduction other than-

   (a)   deductions authorised or required to be made from such remuneration by any enactment,

   (b)   deductions made in pursuance of, or in compliance with, any judgment or order of any Court in this Island,

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