Retail workers can refuse Sunday work

Legislation gives extra protection to Nova Scotia workers in case stores break Sunday shopping ban
||Last Updated: 07/21/2006

In response to retail stores trying to skirt a ban on Sunday shopping, Nova Scotia introduced a bill this week to provide enhanced protection for retail workers.

In a 2004 plebiscite Nova Scotians voted narrowly to uphold the Sunday shopping ban for large retailers — stores larger than 4,000 square feet.

"A key amendment to the Labour Standards Code will protect retail employees from being forced to work if employers traditionally prohibited from operating on Sundays decide to open," said Minister of Environment and Labour Mark Parent.