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 they started work after that date if, under their contract of employment, they 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 they started work after that date if, under their contract of employment, they 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.