registration of DOMESTIC SERVANTS ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Operation of Ordinance.

3. Minister may appoint Registrar, who shall be under supervision of the Inspector-General of Police.

EXISTING SERVANTS

4. Masters to cause servants to be registered. To supply lists to the Registrar.

5. Servants to attend personally.

6. Registrar to supply pocket register.

7. Servants quitting employment before pocket registers supplied.

INTENDING SERVANTS

8. Applicants for domestic service.

9. Registrar may grant provisional registration.

10. Registrar may refuse, but must report refusal to Inspector-General of Police.

11. Registration to be refused to convicted offenders.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

12. Master shall not engage unregistered servant.

13. Master to enter engagement in pocket register.

14. Master to enter discharge of a servant in pocket register.

15. Servant to attend at office of Registrar for pocket register entries to be transferred to general registry.

16. Registrar authorized to enter convictions in pocket register of servants.

17. Servants to exhibit pocket registers to the police.

18. Registered servants entering service in places not brought under Ordinance.

19. Masters in places not under Ordinance.

20. Duplicate pocket registers.

PENALTIES

21. Penalties.

FEES

22. Fees.

23. Appropriation of fines.

24. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

28 of 1871,

18 of 1936.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the Registration of Domestic Servants.

[Date of Commencement: 29th December, 1871]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Registration of Domestic Servants Ordinance.

2. Operation of Ordinance.

(1) This Ordinance shall come into operation in such towns or districts of Ceylon, and from such date or dates, as may from time to time, be prescribed by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette.1

Colombo (town of), 3,873 of 6th April, 1872.

Hatton and Nuwara Eliya Magistrate's Court (limits of jurisdiction of), 5,448 of 31st Dec. 1896.

Kandy, 4,265 of 13th Dec. 1878.

Kandy, Gampola, Panwila, Teldeniya, and Matale Magistrates' Courts (limits of jurisdiction of) 8, 133 of 12th July, 1935.

Trincomalee and Badulla-Haldum-mulla Magistrates' Courts (limits of jurisdiction of), 8,366 of 29th April, 1938.

(2) The word "district” in this section includes any area the limits of which the Government Agent has defined under the provisions of section 13 of the Police Ordinance, for the purpose of establishing a police force therein.

3. Minister may appoint Registrar, who shall be under supervision of the Inspector-General of Police.

It shall be lawful for the Minister, from time to time, as occasion may require, to appoint for Ceylon, or for any town or district in which this Ordinance may be brought into operation, a Registrar of Domestic Servants, who shall be under the general supervision land control of the Inspector-General of Police.

EXISTING SERVANTS

4. Masters to cause servants to be registered. To supply lists to the Registrar.

Within one month of this Ordinance coming into operation in any town or district, it shall be the duty of every employer of domestic servants to cause such servants in his employment to be registered in the register of servants for such town or district, and for this purpose he shall furnish to the Registrar in writing a list showing the names, capacity in which employed, and date of engagement of each of his servants.

5. Servants to attend personally.

It shall be the duty of every servant to attend personally within three months after the coming into operation of this Ordinance, before the Registrar, and furnish him with information as regards his age, country, previous service, and such other particulars as the Registrar may require.

6. Registrar to supply pocket register.

The Registrar shall, on such servant so attending, hand to him a pocket register, in which shall be entered the particulars of his or her present engagement and such memorandum of previous service or antecedents of the applicant as he or she may desire to have recorded in the register:

Provided that, the Registrar shall not make any such antecedent entry without satisfying himself of the credibility of the statements tendered to him for entry

7. Servants quitting employment before pocket registers supplied.

If any servant, returned by any master to the Registrar as provided for in section 4, shall leave the service of such master within three months of the coming into operation of this Ordinance and before obtaining his pocket register, such master shall transmit to the said Registrar a memorandum of date and cause of such servant quitting his employment.

INTENDING SERVANTS

8. Applicants for domestic service.

It shall be the duty of the Registrar to receive applications from persons desirous to enter domestic service. He shall satisfy himself that there are reasonable grounds to believe such applicants to be fit and proper persons to enter domestic service; and if so satisfied, shall register them in the general registry, recording what he has been able to learn respecting their antecedents, and the names of any persons who certify to their respectability. And he shall thereupon issue pocket registers to such applicants, which shall contain the particulars of the record in the general registry.

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