Councils are to gain powers to create zones with extended opening hours on Sundays.
The devolvement of Sunday trading rules, to be included in the next stage of the Enterprise Bill, is expected to give a boost to local high-street traders competing with online retailers.
Staff in larger stores will have the right to opt out of working on Sundays on religious grounds or for family reasons. The notice period they are required to give to their employers will be reduced from three months to one month and shop owners will have a duty to inform their workers of these rights.
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