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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)
  • An employer must advise a new shop or betting worker in writing of their right to opt out of Sunday working. (See Explanatory statement)
  • A protected or opted-out shop or betting worker has the right not to be victimised or subjected to any other detriment for refusing to work on a Sunday or opting out of Sunday work. (See Protection from detriment)
  • A protected or opted-out shop or betting worker may complain to an employment tribunal if they are dismissed or selected for redundancy for refusing to do shop work or betting work on a Sunday or for opting out of Sunday work. (See Unfair dismissal or selection for redundancy)