August bank holiday dates and your rights

August bank holiday dates and your rights

Summer time and August Bank Holiday is fast approaching. Just to remind you, the date is 27th August. But do you have the right to the time off, and do  you have the right to be paid?

Contrary to what many staff believe, your employer does NOT have to give you paid leave on Bank or Public Holidays. They can choose to include them as part of your statutory annual leave. You may need to check your contract of employment to see your entitlements.

So what happens when a Bank Holiday falls on a weekend? Well, when that happens, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

The following explains your holiday (Statutory Leave Entitlement) according to the hours and days you work:

Full-time workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year (known as Statutory Leave Entitlement or annual leave).

Working 5 days a week

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday

Working part-time

Part-time workers get less paid holiday than full-time workers. They’re entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid holiday but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.

The Graham Agency, keeping you informed.