What is a "protected" shop or betting worker?

A protected shop worker is one who was employed as a shop worker on 25 August 1994 (3 December 1997 in Northern Ireland), but not to work only on Sundays, and has been continuously employed by the same employer as a shop worker since that day. An employee is also protected if he or she started work after that date if, under his or her contract of employment, he or she cannot be required to work on a Sunday. In Scotland, only those who cannot be required to work on Sundays under their contract are protected workers.

A protected betting worker is one who was employed as a betting worker on 2 January 1995 (25 February 2004 in Northern Ireland), but not to work only on Sundays, and has been continuously employed by the same employer as a betting worker since that day. An employee is also protected if he or she started work after that date if, under his or her contract of employment, he or she cannot be required to work on a Sunday. In Scotland, only those who cannot be required to work on Sundays under their contract are protected workers.