The Parliamentary Social Policy and Family Committee supported three of the seven amendments proposed by the Senate to the amendment to the Sunday trade regulations. The committee accepted two legislative amendments and supported a reduction from 50 to 40 percent of the threshold for the share of postal activity in the remaining sales revenues of a given shop.
The Senate’s proposal to extend the catalog of eligible persons whose free assistance on non-trading Sundays the entrepreneur will be able to use to include people living together was not supported. The amendment indicates in this point the persons of the spouse, children, parents, stepmother or stepfather, as well as siblings, grandchildren and grandparents.
The Commission also did not agree that, apart from the owner’s family members, schoolchildren and students up to the age of 26 or pensioners could work in the shop on Sundays.
Ban on trading on Sundays. What changes?
The amendment adopted by the Sejm provides for tightening the provisions on the ban on Sunday trading so that it is not avoided by shops referring to the exception regarding the provision of postal services. Pursuant to the act, only those offices that prove that they actually deal mainly with postal services and not retail trade will be able to operate on Sundays – revenues from postal services, in accordance with the amendment, are to constitute over 50 percent. (original version) of the remaining income of the facility.
The act introducing a gradual ban on Sunday trading entered into force on March 1, 2018. From 2020, the trading ban does not apply only on seven Sundays a year. There is also a catalog of 32 exemptions. The prohibition does not include, inter alia, postal activities, and also does not apply to: pastry shops, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops or cafes.
For breaking the Sunday trading ban, the risk is from PLN 1,000 to PLN 100,000. PLN fine, and in the case of persistent violation of the Act – the penalty of restriction of liberty.
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