Polish govt to tighten Sunday trading ban

The deputy Family and Labor Minister has announced that amendments to the Sunday trading ban will be passed by the parliament after the summer vacation in order to prevent companies from evading the law.

Stanisław Szwed, the deputy Family, Labor, and Social Policy Minister, told a private news broadcaster that amendments to the Sunday trading ban will come into effect from the beginning of 2019.

The amendments will be processed by Poland’s parliament when it reconvenes after the summer recess.

The amendments are set to address issues where some stores are circumventing the law which came into force in March.

At least one chain of corner stores in Poland still opens on Sundays since it is registered as a “post office” – a sector which is exempt from the ban.

The deputy minister said that after the amendments are passed, the term “post office” will refer only to departments of the state-owned “Polish Post.”

Family business

Another change to the Sunday ban will relate to certain exceptions when small stores can be open for customers.

Currently, such stores can be opened on non-trading Sundays when the owners are behind the counter. The changes will allow family members to help out, however, only if they work for free, and if they are not employees of the store.

The amendments were promoted by the “Solidarity” trade union, which was the author of the original Sunday ban, adopted in March 2018.

At present, not all Sundays are non-trade days, the ban is to fully come into force only in 2020.