Government Proposals on Sunday Trading Laws
The Department of Business, Innovation & Skill (BIS) has published the Government Response to consultation on Sunday trading laws.
The consultation ran from 5 August 2016 to 16 September 2015 and received some 7,000 responses.
The government has announced that it proposes to devolve the power to extend Sunday trading hours to local authorities in England, excluding London and greater Manchester where the power will be devolved to the Mayors.
Local authorities will have the power to apply relaxation to currently Sunday trading laws flexibly, for example by granting extended hours to high street stores but not out of town retail parks.
In order to protect retail workers in those areas where Sunday trading hours are extended, the rights of workers to opt-out will be strengthened. Currently, a worker must have three months’ notice to their employer in order to opt out of Sunday working. The government proposes to reduce this notice period to one month whilst also increasing the obligation on employers to notify employees of their rights about working on Sundays.
The changes will be brought in through amendments to the Enterprise Bill which entered the committee stage in the House of Commons today. It passed through the second reading in the House of Commons on 2 February 2016.