With the bank holiday season upon us, XpertHR’s resources on bank and public holidays provide comprehensive guidance on whether or not employees are entitled to take time off.
The XpertHR quick reference section sets out the bank and public holiday dates in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:
- Bank and public holidays 2011 (England and Wales)
- Bank and public holidays 2011 (Northern Ireland)
- Statutory bank holidays 2011 (Scotland)
The XpertHR FAQs section on holiday and holiday pay answers employers’ FAQs on whether or not employees are entitled to an additional day’s paid leave on 29 April 2011 (the day of the royal wedding, in case it has escaped anyone’s attention). This will depend on the wording of the contract:
- Can bank holidays be included in a worker’s statutory leave entitlement?
- Are employees entitled to time off for bank holidays in addition to the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement of 5.6 weeks?
- What is an employee’s holiday entitlement if an extra bank holiday is granted one year?
- Is an employee who is required to work on bank holidays entitled to extra pay?
XpertHR has further guidance on holidays and holiday pay (subscription required):
- Line manager briefing on annual leave This aims to help line managers to understand the laws on holiday entitlement and holiday pay and how they have been interpreted by courts and tribunals.
- Holiday policy This model policy sets out the employer’s approach to holiday, including where the employee is absent immediately before or after a bank holiday.
- Holiday request form This gives employees a means of notifying their intention to take holiday.
- Letter declining holiday request Use this model letter where an employee has requested a period of annual leave but that request is to be declined on justifiable grounds.