President Andrzej Duda signed a law sealing the trade embargo. In this way, it will not be possible to open shops on Sundays using the “post office” method. The new regulations will take effect within three months.
- Already, about 20 retail chains open stores on Sundays that are subject to the trade ban, mainly due to the possibility of operating in the form of post offices. But it will only be for another three months
- President Andrzej Duda has just signed a law tightening the ban on trading on Sunday
- After the gate is closed, referrals or department stores will not be able to use other exceptions to open the shop on Sundays without any problems.
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still Only until the beginning of next year We will be able to shop on Sunday in some Lidlach, Biedronki, Żabki or dozens of other retail chains.
Today, many of them use the exception that allows them to operate as a post office. The law signed by Andrzej Duda will make applying this exception not so easy. And the President’s Chancellery announced, on Tuesday, the signing of the law on Monday.
From the moment the new regulations come into force, only stores engaged in “postal” activities will be opened Scored at least 40 percent. Monthly income from retail sales. The vast majority of stores do not meet this requirement.
This means stores have the last three months to prepare for the tightening of the trade ban. From the moment of publication in the Journal of Laws, a three-month account will begin. Therefore, it appears that retail chains will only benefit from the exception until mid-January.
According to current regulations, on non-commercial Sundays About 20 retail chains are already operating legally. On the second day of the weekend there are local stores (including Żabka, Abc, Groszek, Carrefour Express, Stokrotka Express, Euro Sklep, Chata Polska, Topaz), supermarkets (Intermarche, Polomarket, Kaufland) and discount stores (Biedronka, Lidl) opened, and even supermarkets (four own Carrefour stores) or DIY stores (Bricomarche). The possibility of opening on Sundays for non-trading Giving them contracts for the provision of postal services, signed, among other things, with Poczta Polska, InPost or Pointpack.
Many of them (such as Pedronka or Lidl) haven’t been opened recently on Sundays. However, Shabak, for example, has been operating in many apartment complexes for at least several years, using postal activity for this purpose.
It is this network that feels the trade ban the most. Because although of course the owner will still be able to open the store on Sundays, he will. Only on the condition that he stands behind the table himself. Therefore, it would be impossible for franchisees who have multiple stores at the same time. The Senate amendment fell which It allowed, for example, the employment of pensioners or students.
Żabka Polska . Company So far always confirmedthat the vast majority of its stores “operate on limited Sundays, benefiting from the exemption for self-employed and in-person self-sellring entrepreneurs.”
– Seal of the law as good news for small shops – Limiting the opening of shops operating as post offices on Sundays, In practice, this does not apply to small enterprises – because they are run by their owners, who can open their shops on Sundays on their own or with the help of their families. However, competition from discount companies and other large chains, which are currently using this gap to open their stores on Sundays, will be significantly limited, Eurocash spokesperson Jan Dominsky told Business Insider Polska recently.
Announcing customer support, he continues to “develop services such as the parcel service, as it is one of the many tools we are developing to improve the competitiveness of independent Polish traders.”
POHiD: Two days off for trade employees
After the gate is closed, referrals or department stores will not be able to use other exceptions to open the shop on Sundays without any problems. Because at present, in the case of bakeries, the predominant activity should be the sale of bakery products. It is similar to sweets shops, souvenir or devotional gift shops, newspapers, public transport tickets, tobacco products, or game of chance coupons.
The Polish Trade and Distribution Organization, which represents large retail chains, does not like the changes in the trade ban. – From the outset, the Office of Occupational Health (POHiD) assumed that commerce workers legally guaranteed two non-working days per month.. Practically speaking, thanks to improved graphics, this will translate into four trades on Sundays a month, and as a result, citizens will have universal access to essential goods seven days a week and the ability to choose a store they wish to do. Purchases. It’s also worth noting that the law in its current form discriminates against trade workers, introducing a division into those workers who use a day off and those who work on Sundays on the basis of exceptions — says Business Insider Polska Renata Juszkiewicz, president of POHiD.
Among the ideas that are supposed to be an alternative to closing stores on Sundays, is that Workers who work that day in employee stores pay more. Carrefour chain has taken this step, opening four of its own stores on non-commercial Sundays as a test. For every hour worked on that day, its employees receive an allowance “in the amount of 30% of the hourly wage resulting from the minimum wage for work specified by law”.
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