New law to allow trading on Easter Sunday

On: 26 August 2016

A bill that allows shops to trade on Easter Sunday passed its third reading on 25 August. Under the new law, it will be up to local councils to decide whether or not shops in their district can open their doors and trade on Easter Sunday.

Under the process for a local policy change for Easter Sunday shop trading, territorial authorities will:

  • only be able to determine whether to allow shop trading on Easter Sunday
  • be able to determine whether to allow shop trading on Easter Sunday across their entire district or in certain limited areas
  • need to consult their communities using the Special Consultative Procedure on any local policy that would allow shop trading on Easter Sunday
  • have to review the first local policy created for Easter Sunday shop trading once no later than five years after its adoption.

The new law also gives shop employees the right to refuse to work, and to take a personal grievance against their employer if they are treated adversely or compelled to work.

Read more about the Easter Sunday trading bill.

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