Can employees be required to take annual leave on bank holidays?

Employees can be required to take annual leave on bank holidays where the contract of employment provides for this. Even if the contract does not contain a provision to this effect, the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833) state that an employer can give its employees notice to take annual leave on particular dates. In the absence of any relevant agreement stating otherwise, it must give notice equal to twice the length of the holiday period that it wishes the employee to take.