Sunday working for shop and betting workers

Qian Mou Editor's message: It is now over 20 years since legislation was passed allowing retail and betting shops to trade on Sundays. If your organisation employs shop or betting workers, these workers have the right to choose whether or not to work on Sundays, with limited exceptions.

The rules are slightly different depending on when the employment started and what the contract of employment says. Those employed with their current employer on 25 August 1994 are known as "protected" workers and have the right not to work on Sundays. Workers recruited after that date, other than workers who work only on Sundays, have the right to opt out of Sunday working.

The Enterprise Act 2016 granted further rights to shop workers on Sunday working; however these changes have yet to take effect.

Qian Mou, employment law editor

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