Bank holidays

This year's spring and summer bank holidays will be eagerly awaited by many employees. Employers should make sure that they understand the rights of their workforce in relation to bank holidays, including in relation to part-time and shift workers. Under working time rules, workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks' minimum statutory leave a year, which may include public and bank holidays.

Employers that operate a holiday year from 1 April to 31 March and whose contracts of employment provide for "20 days' holiday plus bank holidays" may inadvertently take employees below their statutory holiday entitlement because of the way that Easter bank holidays fall in 2016 and 2017. We explain when this issue arises and what employers can do to remedy it.

Do you need to top up employees' holiday entitlement for the forthcoming leave year?

We provide an example letter informing workers of a one-off increase in their annual leave entitlement.

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