Statutory Rights in Relation to Sunday Bar Work

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Sunday Hours) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:24 pm on 5th April 1995.

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You have become employed under a contract of employment under which you are or can be required to do Sunday bar work during previously restricted hours, that is to say, work serving drinks on a Sunday between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

However, if you wish, you can give a notice, as described in the next paragraph, to your employer and you will then have the right not to do Sunday work during previously restricted hours once three months have passed from the date on which you gave the notice.

Your notice must—

be in writing;

be signed and dated by you;

say you object to doing Sunday bar work during previously restricted hours.

For three months after you give the notice, your employer can still require you to do all the Sunday bar work your contract provides for. After the three month period has ended, you have the right to complain to an industrial tribunal if, because of your refusal to do Sunday bar work during the previously restricted hours, your employer—

dismisses you, or

does something else detrimental to you, for example, failing to promote you.

Once you have the rights described, you can surrender them only by giving your employer a further notice, signed and dated by you, saying that you wish to do Sunday bar work during the previously restricted hours or that you do not object to doing such work and then agreeing with your employer to do such work on Sundays or on a particular Sunday."

(5) The Secretary of State may by order amend the prescribed form set out in sub-paragraph (4) above.

(6) An order under sub-paragraph (5) above shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.