Through the Enterprise Bill, from autumn time, local authorities and city mayors in both England and Wales, are going to be given the authority to extend Sunday trading hours, allowing them to choose which larger shops will stay open for longer than the current trading hours which states six hours.
For shoppers, this may seem like a positive, extra trading hours means that businesses and high streets are able to stay open longer – giving them the change to compete as people’s shopping habits change.
But what about employees? If you are a shop worker, you will be given the choice to opt out of Sunday working by giving your employer a month’s notice. It’s key to ensure that shop workers are happy with the changes and only the ones who are happy to work those extra hours, are doing them.
Let us know what you think about the extending Sunday trading hours, do you think it’s a positive move? Or, along with religious groups, Conservative MPs and trade unions, do you think this could have a negative effect of the employee’s family lives?