Plain English Guide to British Employment Law
Check your employment contract for Sunday working
If your employment contract or written statement of terms and conditions does not mention Sunday working, you cannot be made to work – unless both you and your employer agree and put it in writing.
Sunday working in shops and betting shops
Staff don’t have to work on Sundays if they’re:
- shop workers who started before 26 August 1994 and are still with the same employer (in Northern Ireland, this is before 4 December 1997)
- betting shop workers who started before 2 January 1995 and are still with the same employer (in Northern Ireland, this is before 26 February 2004)
Opting out of Sunday working
All other shop workers and betting shop workers can opt out of Sunday working by giving 3 months’ notice.
An employer needing staff to work on Sundays must tell them in writing that they can opt out of Sunday working. They must do this within 2 months of the person starting work – if they don’t, only one month’s notice is needed to opt out.
Staff can opt in to Sunday working, but mustn’t be treated unfairly if they opt out.
Employers only have to pay staff extra for working on Sundays if it’s in their contract.