Paid Leave on Special Bank Holidays

Employers should do “the right thing” and offer staff paid leave on special bank holidays such as the Royal Wedding or risk damaging morale, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said. “Not offering paid leave or overtime will rebound on employers as they risk demoralising their workforce and damaging their reputation among their customers.” said TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber. “While most people are likely to get paid leave on 29th April as a result of their employer’s goodwill, a significant minority of tight-fisted companies have decided to ignore the national mood and insist on keeping staff chained to their desks while everyone else is enjoying the bank holiday.” By law, employers do not have to give employees paid time off for bank and public holidays. If an employment contract ... »

Holiday Entitlement Increases

As 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 workf... »