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Sunday trading to be banned in Poland

  • Poland
  • Employment law


The Law restricting Sunday trade, red-letter days and some other days has been signed by the President, and will come in to force on 1 March 2018. The Law defines the rules for shops to trade on Sundays and red-letter days, as well as on 24 December and the Saturday preceding the first day of Easter. The rule, however, is subject to numerous exceptions, e.g. for fuel stations and online shops.

The new regulations state that trading in-stores will be banned on Sundays and red-letter days, but there are a number of exceptions and there will be a transition period up to 2020. The ban includes trading on 24 December and the Saturday before Easter, when trading must finish at 2:00 p.m.

The Law defines a trading establishment as a facility for trading and in particular: shops, stands, stalls, wholesale outlets, coal yards, building material warehouses, department and mail-order stores as well as sales offices – if work in such facilities is performed by employees or hired personnel.

The Law defines the notion of “trade” as the sale of items and the exchange of money for goods, and the notion of “auxiliary trade activities” which includes an employee or hired personnel working in warehouses or carrying out inventory of goods...


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