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Draft Bill which suspends Sunday Trading Laws during Olympics and Paralympics has its first Reading in House of Lords

29 March 2012 #Employment

The proposed Sunday Trading Bill, which will suspend Sunday Trading Laws during London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games had its first reading in the House of Lords today. 

The proposed relaxation of Sunday Trading Laws in England and Wales announced by George Osborne in last week`s budget will mean that from the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 22 July to the end of the Paralympics on 9 September 2012, shops with floor space in excess of 280 square meters will not have any restrictions on their Sunday opening hours.  However, it is understood that retail workers will retain the right to opt-out of working on a Sunday. 

Business Minister Mark Prisk said "The Bill will allow more flexibility over the Olympics period, for shoppers, retailers and workers alike. Retail workers will keep all their legal protections, such as the right to opt-out of Sunday working, but many will want to take the opportunity to work extra or different hours. So I encourage employers to talk to their staff about how we can all make the most of the Olympics".

Further information can be found on the News Distribution Service for Government and the Public Sector website and employmentbuddy will keep you updated. 

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