Holiday Entitlement Increases

Holiday Entitlement IncreasesAs well as the National Minimum Wage increasing, today sees workers’ holiday entitlement increase.

From the 1st of October 2007 workers are entitled to a minimum of 4.8 weeks annual holiday, which amounts to 24 days holiday a year if employees work 5 days a week full-time.

Part-time workers have the same paid-leave entitlement on a pro-rata basis.

From the 1st of April 2009 holidays will be at 5.6 weeks per annum or 28 days a year.

Within The Work and Families Act there is no statutory right to paid leave on bank and public holidays, of which there are 8 in a year, but these can be counted in a worker’s minimum holiday entitlement.

The legislation has been introduced to improve choice and flexibility for employees although businesses will need to be prepared to give their workforce more time off.

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