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Sunday working for shop and betting workers

Updating author: Nicky Stibbs

Summary

  • Protected shop or betting workers have the right to refuse to work on Sundays, even if they have previously entered into a contract requiring them to do so. (See Protected shop and betting workers)
  • Protected shop and betting workers will forfeit their protected status if they give their employer an opting-in notice and enter into an express agreement to work on Sundays. (See Forfeiture of protected status)
  • Shop and betting workers who are not protected, or those who have forfeited their protected status, have the right to opt out of Sunday working by giving their employer three months' written notice of their intention to do so. (See Opted-out workers)
  • Within two months of recruiting a shop or betting worker, an employer must advise the new recruit in writing of his or her right to opt out of Sunday working. (See Explanatory statement)
  • An employee who is a protected or opted-out shop or betting worker has the right not to be victimised or subjected to any other detriment short of dismissal for refusing, or proposing to refuse, to work on a Sunday or opting out, or proposing to opt out, of Sunday work. (See Protection from detriment)
  • A protected or opted-out shop or betting worker who is dismissed or selected for redundancy for refusing, or proposing to refuse, to do shop work or betting work on a Sunday, or for opting out, or proposing to opt out, of Sunday work may complain to an employment tribunal. (See Unfair dismissal or selection for redundancy)