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Sunday Trading
You may be aware that during the Olympic and Paralympic games, the government temporarily suspended the restricted times shops could open under the Sunday Trading laws. However, it is now contemplating extending this suspension.

Currently the Sunday Trading laws dictate that shops in England and Wales larger than 280 square metres can only open for up to six hours on a Sunday between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. But it has lifted this restriction until 9th September 2012 and is now considering whether to extend this period further.

Shop workers have additional protections to prevent them being subject to religious discrimination. A shop worker who has opted out of Sunday working cannot be treated unfavourably for refusing to work on a Sunday and it is automatically unfair to dismiss them if they refuse to do so. Employers may have made temporary arrangements to cover the Olympic period, but if the government decides that longer opening hours are allowed beyond this, they will need to consult with their employees and consider how to deal with the implications for staff.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016


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