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Sunday working

Shop and betting workers have the following rights to do with working on Sundays:

  • shop workers who started their employment on or before 26 August 1994 (2 January 1995 for betting workers) have the right not to work on Sundays unless they are employed to work Sundays only
  • shop/betting workers who started their employment on or after the above dates and who are required to work on a Sunday under their employment contract can give three months' notice to their employer, in writing, of opting out of Sunday work (one month in certain circumstances - see below)
  • shop/betting workers in either of the two categories above can decide to opt-in to Sunday work if they wish to by giving their employer written notice

Employers must tell employees of their Sunday working rights when they first start work. Where shop workers started work on or after 26 August 1994, or as a betting worker on or after 2 January 1995 and are required to work on Sundays under their employment contract, this explanation has to be in a prescribed written form and be issued within two months of the individual agreeing to do Sunday work. If this is not done then the individual only has to give the employer one months' notice of opting-out of Sunday work.

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