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NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS AFFECTING EASTER SUNDAY
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Changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (the Act) which came into effect in August last year will affect shop trading this Easter.

Shop employees (defined as anyone who works in or from a shop) can refuse to work on Easter Sunday and are not required to give a reason.
 
Under the changes, an employer has a positive obligation to inform employees of their right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday. Notice must be given in writing no earlier than eight weeks and no later than four weeks before Easter Sunday. Where the employee has been employed for less than four weeks, they are to be notified of their right to refuse to work as soon as it is reasonably practicable.
 
A shop employee who intends to refuse to work on Easter Sunday must give written notice to their employer of that intention no later than 14 days after the date on which the shop employee receives notice from his or her employer of the right to refuse to work on Easter Sunday. Where the employee has been employed for less than 14 days before Easter Sunday, the employee must give notice of their intention to refuse to work as soon as reasonably practicable following the employer’s initial notice of their right to refuse to work.
 
If you require any clarification regarding these new provisions, please contact Kensington Swan’s employment law team.

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