Rules governing Bank Holidays and the upcoming dates

Rules governing Bank Holidays and the upcoming dates

Easter and May Bank Holidays are fast approaching. But do you have a legal obligation to give your domestic staff time off and pay them?

Just to remind you the dates are as follows:-

England and Wales
Good Friday – Friday 10th April
Easter Monday – Monday 13th April
Early May Bank Holiday – Friday 8th May
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 25th May
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday 31st August
Christmas Day – Friday 25th December
Boxing Day – Monday 28th December
New Year’s Day – Friday 1st January

Contrary to what some employers believe, you do NOT have to give staff paid leave on Bank or Public Holidays. You can choose to include them as part of their statutory annual leave. Their entitlements should be specified in their contract of employment.

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 according to the hours and days you work:

Full-time workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays) – 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 (inclusive of bank holidays). 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 (inclusive of bank holidays) but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.
The Graham Agency, keeping you informed.