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Second Reading in House of Lords for Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games)

27 April 2012 #Employment

Following our previous blog Draft Bill which suspends Sunday Trading Laws during Olympics and Paralympics, the Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill has received its second reading in the House of Lords. 

The draft bill proposes a relaxation of Sunday Trading Laws in England and Wales from the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 22 July to the end of the Paralympics on 9 September 2012, so that shops with floor space in excess of 280 square meters will not have any restrictions on their Sunday opening hours.  

There has been some concern that there would be insufficient time from when the bill receives Royal Assent to the start of the London 2012 games for workers to give three months notice to opt out of Sunday working.  Therefore, to ensure workers retain the right to opt-out of working on a Sunday, an amendment to the draft bill has been proposed which, temporarily reduces the usual notice period to two months.

Following Royal Assent the government will publish guidance on the implications for employers and employees and Employmentbuddy will keep you updated.

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