The Government has proposed amendments to the Enterprise Bill which will enable councils across the country to decide whether to extend Sunday opening hours which will allow shops to stay open for longer. The new plans will give councils power to introduce the new allowance on particular zones, prioritising areas such as high streets and city centres. The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that these proposals will be incorporated into the Enterprise Bill, despite the lack of support from MPs, trade unions and retailers. Additionally, the new plans will relax the law for employees in large shops, as they will only need to give 1 month’s notice, as opposed to the current 3 months’ notice, to opt-out of Sunday working. Employees will also gain a new right to opt-out of taking up any additional hours. The current legislation does not pose any restrictions on small shops, but permits large shops to be open for trading only between 10 am and 6 pm on Sundays for a maximum of continuous 6 hours.
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