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Enterprise Act 2016

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Employment Rights Act 1996

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3After section 41 insert—

41ANotice of objection by shop workers to working additional hours on Sunday

(1)A shop worker may at any time give to his or her employer a written notice, signed and dated by the shop worker, to the effect that he or she objects to doing shop work for additional hours on Sunday.

(2)In this Part—

  • “additional hours” means any number of hours of shop work that a shop worker is (or could be) required to work under a contract of employment on Sunday that are (or would be) in excess of the shop worker’s normal Sunday working hours;

  • “objection notice” means a notice given under subsection (1).

(3)The “normal Sunday working hours” of a shop worker are to be calculated in accordance with regulations.

(4)Regulations under this section may provide—

(a)for the calculation to be determined (for example) by reference to the average number of hours that the shop worker has worked on Sundays during a period specified or described in the regulations;

(b)for a calculation of the kind mentioned in paragraph (a) to be varied in special cases;

(c)for the right to give an objection notice not to be exercisable in special cases (and subsection (1) is subject to provision made by virtue of this paragraph).

(5)Provision under subsection (4)(b) or (c) may, in particular, include provision—

(a)about how the calculation of normal Sunday working hours is to be made in the case of a shop worker who has not been employed for a sufficient period of time to enable a calculation to be made as otherwise provided for in the regulations;

(b)for the right to give an objection notice not to be exercisable by such a shop worker until he or she has completed a period of employment specified or described in the regulations.

(6)But regulations under this section may not include provision preventing a shop worker who has been continuously employed under a contract of employment for a period of one year or more from giving to the employer an objection notice.

(7)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different purposes.

41BExplanatory statement: persons who become shop workers

(1)This section applies where a person becomes a shop worker who, under a contract of employment, is or may be required to do shop work on Sundays.

(2)The employer must give to the shop worker a written statement informing the shop worker of the following rights—

(a)the right to object to working on Sundays by giving the employer an opting-out notice (if section 40 applies to the shop worker);

(b)the right to object to doing shop work for additional hours on Sundays by giving the employer an objection notice.

(3)The statement must be given before the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which the person becomes a shop worker as mentioned in subsection (1).

(4)An employer does not fail to comply with subsections (2) and (3) in a case where, before the end of the period referred to in subsection (3), the shop worker has given to the employer an opting-out notice (and that notice has not been withdrawn).

(5)A statement under this section must comply with such requirements as to form and content as regulations may provide.

(6)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different purposes.

41CExplanatory statement: shop workers at commencement date

(1)This section applies where—

(a)under a contract of employment a shop worker is or may be required to do shop work on Sundays, and

(b)the shop worker was employed under that contract on the day before the commencement date.

(2)The shop worker’s employer must give to the shop worker a written statement informing the shop worker of the rights mentioned in section 41B(2).

(3)The statement must be given before the end of the period of two months beginning with the commencement date.

(4)An employer does not fail to comply with subsections (2) and (3) in a case where, before the end of the period referred to in subsection (3), the shop worker has given to the employer an opting-out notice (and that notice has not been withdrawn).

(5)A statement under this section must comply with such requirements as to form and content as regulations may provide.

(6)Regulations under this section may make different provision for different purposes.

(7)In this section “commencement date” means the date appointed by regulations under section 44 of the Enterprise Act 2016 for the coming into force of section 33 of, and Schedule 5 to, that Act.

41DFailure to give explanatory statement under section 41B or 41C

(1)This section applies if an employer fails to give to a shop worker a written statement in accordance with—

(a)section 41B(2) and (3), or

(b)section 41C(2) and (3).

(2)If the shop worker gives to the employer an opting-out notice, the notice period under section 41(3) that applies in relation to the shop worker is varied as follows—

(a)if the notice period under that provision would have been one month, it becomes 7 days instead;

(b)if the notice period under that provision would have been three months, it becomes one month instead.

(3)If the shop worker gives to the employer an objection notice, the relevant period under section 43ZA(2) that applies in relation to the shop worker is varied as follows—

(a)if the relevant period under that provision would have been one month, it becomes 7 days instead;

(b)if the relevant period under that provision would have been three months, it becomes one month instead.

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