The Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) provides shop and betting workers with the right to object to working on Sunday, in certain circumstances.
- The Employment Rights Act 1996 refers to Sunday 'workers', this definition actually only applies to employees.
- Employees that have been in shop work or in the betting industry for a certain period of time, and who are not employed solely to work on Sundays, are classed as 'protected workers', giving them the right not to be required to work on Sundays.
- Employees required by their contracts to work on Sundays can opt out - or opt back in - to Sunday working, provided they are not employed soley for Sunday working. They must give their employer notice if they wish to do so.
- Dismissing employees for asserting their statutory rights in relation to Sunday working will be automatically unfair.