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PwC: Sunday closures cause concerns

In Hungary

Legislation requiring most retailers to close on Sunday raises more questions than it answers, PwC’s lawyers said at a press event today.

According to experts at PwC, the legislation has a number of discrepancies, and those attempting to abide by the law have raised many concerns. Furthermore, the legislation is not entirely harmonized with the current commercial laws that underpin the sector’s regulations, the experts said.

What makes the issue more contentious is that many of the restrictions have yet to be clarified, the experts added. These include e-commerce, home deliveries and commerce, which takes place outside the shops.

The experts classified wages as another crucial issue, as workers within the retail sector who worked on Sundays received 50% higher wages on that day. Although extended working hours will give them an opportunity to earn above-average salaries during evening hours, employees will still see a drop in their monthly wages.

In the case of facilities that are being rented by retailers, there is the consideration of rent being paid for Sunday occupancy, despite the fact that no income is being generated on those days, the experts noted.

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